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January 21, 2017

VSP 2:45 PM UPDATE - I89 Montpelier/Middlesex/Berlin traffic conditions

2:45PM Update – Interstate 89 Exit 9 Middlesex North and South Bound on & off-ramps have been re-opened.




2:30 PM UPDATE:  Due to congestion, EXIT 7 Berlin I89 exit ramps have now been closed as well.  I 89 on ramps at exits 7, 8, & 9 are open, and reports are that some people are beginning to leave Montpelier.  However, the scheduled rally lasts until 3pm at the Statehouse, and I 89 exit ramps will remain closed until the such time that the city roads can handle new travelers.


Authorities in Montpelier and the Vermont State Police would like to thanks those in the area for their understanding of this unusual traffic issue.  We hope to have area traffic safely back to normal on Interstate 89 and Montpelier streets by the evening hours.





Department of Public Safety

Vermont State Police


Please Be Advised




·        Interstate 89 Exit 8 Montpelier North and Southbound exit ramps have been closed. 

·        Currently no access to Montpelier via exit 8.

·        Exit 9 Middlesex will be closed shortly as well.

·        Traffic is backed up for miles both north and south bound in the travel and passing lanes in the area.

·        Agency of Transportation and VTRANS is modifying I89 travel signs across the state to indicate no current access to Montpelier from I89.


·        Per the Montpelier City Police Chief, travel within the city is highly restricted and city roads cannot support any more people or vehicles. MPD Chief Tony Facos requests you avoid the area if possible.


·        AGAIN – traffic is currently at a standstill on Interstate 89 near Montpelier, Vermont.  Currently there are no other public safety concerns in the area.  Vermont State Police, Montpelier Police, VTrans are all working to assist all to reach their destinations safely. 


·        Please avoid the area if possible or plan for major delays.



Scott Waterman

Vermont State Police Public Information Officer

802-241-5277 desk

802-279-4554 cell


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