Crescent Connector Phase I Project

Update 6/23/22: 

Work Beginning 6/24/22

MAIN STREET (Route 15) will be CLOSED at the Main Street railroad crossing starting at 7 a.m., Friday June 24th and will REMAIN CLOSED until Tuesday, June 28th at 7 a.m.

Railroad Avenue will remain open.  Traffic may enter from the Main Street end but will have to exit via Lincoln Place or Central Street. 

Railroad Street will remain open.

Ivy Lane will remain open at the Central Street end for access to parking but will be closed at the Main Street end.

The sidewalks at the Main Street Crossing will be closed to pedestrians.

Work Beginning 6/17/22:

Friday, June 17th starting at 7:00 am, the Central Street railroad crossing will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic and will remain closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 

The Contractor will be removing the tracks and ties at the crossing and rebuilding the crossing with new ties, rails and concrete panels and then repaving the roadway approaches. 

The Village of Essex Junction announces the start of the Crescent Connector Phase I Project. The project will focus on upgrading the existing railroad tracks, making them smoother and safer to cross. These upgrades will require the following streets to be closed to "thru traffic" at the rail crossing on Central Street, Main Street, and Maple Street, and the two crossings on Park Street and South Summit Street. Closures will happen one street at a time. 

Please note that construction work schedules may be fluid in nature, and work tasks may change due to weather, equipment/material availability, etc. The Village Engineer will provide updates and road closure dates as the work progresses. Updates will be listed on this page, on the news section of the website, and the Village of Essex Junction Facebook page. For questions or to be added to an email distribution list for the project, please email CrescentConnectorPhase1@

Work Beginning 6/13/22:

Work on the railroad tracks will begin on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 7 am. The work will begin approximately 500' north of Central Street and will be completed in a southerly direction. This project will only focus on improvements to the rail and rail support subbase. The work this week will include the following:

  • Replacing defective railroad ties
  • Adjusting the rail elevation
  • Installing additional ballast (crushed stone)
  • Install new conduit underneath the crossing for crossing controls and communication
  • Install new concrete panels for the rail crossing at Central Street
  • Remove and replace existing bituminous concrete pavement on Central Street to match

Central Street Road Closure:

Closure begins Friday, June 17, 2022, at 7 am and will reopen on Tuesday, June 21, at 7 am.

Detour packages will be in place utilizing Grove Street to Main Street and Grove Street to Lincoln Street. 

The sidewalk along Central Street at the railroad crossing will also be closed. Pedestrians will be detoured on the sidewalk on Grove Street to either Main Street or Lincoln Street. Detour signs will be in place.

2022 Public Works Paving Schedule

The following is the anticipated paving schedule for the Village of Essex Junction Public Works:

  • Rivendell Dr.
  • Sycamore Ln.
  • Juniper Ridge Rd.

Essex-Colchester VT 2A & VT 289 (Circ Highway) Resurfacing

The following is the anticipated work schedule for the week beginning Monday, June 26, 2022:

PROJECT UPDATE: Due to equipment issues, milling operations were not performed. Berm removal began on the shoulders throughout the project limits of VT Route 2A.


There will not be any work on this project the week of June 26, 2022. Work will resume on July 5, 2022, following the Independence Day Holiday.

The following is the anticipated work schedule for the week beginning Sunday, June 19, 2022:

Sunday through Thursday - 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.:

  • Milling continues to progress northerly to the end of the project limits on VT Route 2A at the intersection of VT Route 2A, US Route 7 and SNR 127.
  • Begin guardrail replacement throughout the project limits on VT Route 2A.
  • Begin shoulder repair throughout the project limits on VT Route 2A.
The following is the anticipated work schedule for the week beginning Sunday, June 12, 2022:

Sunday through Thursday - 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.:

  • Milling begins on VT Route 2A at the southern end of the project, approximately the intersection of VT-2A/Lincoln Street and North Street.

Traffic Impact: Traffic control will be present, allowing for one lane of alternating travel.

    Project Type: Resurfacing

    Location: VT Route 2A & VT Route 289 Essex - Colchester

    Project Completion: October 14, 2022

    Special Circumstances/Notices: Please email sbarrett@, reference VT Route 2A - Essex, if you would like to receive weekly project updates via email.