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Rest assured – cyclists, joggers and pedestrians – when the repaving of Route 100 from Waitsfield to Warren is complete there will be 4-foot bike lanes on both sides of the road the full length of the road with the exception of the bridge over the Mad River by Lareau Farm.
That's the word from Josh Hulett, resident engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Hulett said that while there are lines painted on the road, they do not represent the final travel lanes and the final bike lanes.
He explained that each course of pavement is put down in 1.5-inch increments and after it has cooled sufficiently for travel it is striped and re-opened for travel. Any irregularities in the width of the paved shoulders (bike lanes) and travel lanes will be resolved after the final 1.5 inches of pavement goes down.
Each course of pavement is called a "lift," Hulett said and the final lift is going to start being laid at the south end of Waitsfield at the end of this week. It will take about two weeks to lay that final lift of pavement all the way to the south end of Warren. When that is complete the final stripes will be painted on the road and will delineate the travel lanes and the paved shoulders/bike lanes.
"What we'll end up with are 11-foot travel lanes and 4-foot paved shoulders," Hulett said.
He said that the width of white line that delineates the travel lane from the paved shoulder, which is about 4 to 5 inches, is included in the measurement of the 4-foot paved shoulder.