Vermont Rebounds Following Tropical Storm Irene - Page 2
The most amazing work in the area has got to be the restoration of Route 4 which is the east/west highway and one of the roadways most familiar to non-Vermonters. It is the road that connects the City of Rutland to Killington and then runs into New Hampshire. The road took a brutal beating in the storm and miles of it literally fell away into the Mendon Brook. The construction crews, with the assistance of National Guardsmen from other states have worked tirelessly to restore the highway which had been closed since the storm.
It has been eerie over the last couple weeks to see military vehicles, dump trucks, earth movers, tanker trucks almost everywhere. Along with the vehicles were hundreds of military men and women donning hard hats and safety vests, moving material and traffic in order to help restore our highways and byways. As we went to the gym the other day, we came across a few National Guardsmen from South Carolina who were sleeping in a makeshift dormitory at the local Ice Arena.
The words "thank you" seem so inadequate for all the hard work that these total strangers have done for all of us. The construction industry within the state has literally shifted all its energy, effort and time into rebuilding our highways and along with it, our morale.
Today, Route 4 officially opened again to public traffic. It was a great day for Vermont, a symbol to itself and the rest of the country that we cannot be put down that easy. The fact that a small state (with its entire state population equal to just one of the counties in my home state of New Jersey) could restore a highway and hope for so many people in such a short time, is simply incredible.