The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened to public travel the 11-mile stretch of Route 100 that runs through Pittsfield. This segment of Route 100, which runs from the junction of Route 107 in Stockbridge to the intersection of Route 4 in Killington, received heavy damage from Tropical Storm Irene, and has been closed since the storm struck on August 28. Reopening Route 100 through Pittsfield represents a major milestone because it allows the free flow of traffic without detours or major impediments for the entire 135-mile stretch of Route 100 between Ludlow and Newport just in time for the height of foliage season. ‘The Pittsfield area got hit very hard by the storm and received considerable damage,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘While Route 100 in this area is now open and traffic is flowing well, we ask that everyone be careful as they drive through town and respect the local recovery effort that is still underway.’ Irene washed out several sections of Route 100 between Stockbridge and Killington and damaged a bridge in the middle of Pittsfield. A temporary bridge was put in place to carry traffic around the damaged bridge. The roadway washouts have been repaired, but a damaged culvert near the Pittsfield/Stockbridge town line still needs to be replaced. The road in this area is limited to one lane, and a temporary traffic signal has been installed to ensure the safe flow of traffic. Also to aid safety, VTrans lowered the speed limit along Route 100 through Pittsfield to 35 mph from its normal rate of 50 mph. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.