Route 4 reopens, vital east-west link in Vermont

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin today joined hundreds of Rutland County residents in Killington to celebrate the opening of Route 4, a critical east-west roadway that until today was closed to through traffic due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene.Route 4 between Rutland and Killington on August 29, 2011. Photo courtesy Steve Costello, CVPS.Governor Shumlin was joined by Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles and Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith to celebrate the pride everyone has that road crews repaired Route 4’s severe damage in just 19 days, and to spread the message that Vermont has recovered significantly, and just in time for foliage season.In less than three weeks since the storm struck on August 28, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has opened four major east-west travel corridors. In addition to Route 4 between Rutland and Woodstock, Route 103 between Rockingham and Rutland, Route 11 between Chester and Manchester, and Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro are now open in their entirety.”Opening the state’s critical east-west travel corridors allows most Vermonters the mobility they need for everyday tasks like visiting their doctor, commuting to work and attending school,” Governor Shumlin said. “The increased mobility also provides a lifeline for Vermont businesses, and the timing could not be better. With the start of foliage season upon us, Vermont’s guests and visitors can now navigate most state regions with only a few exceptions.”Route 4 between Rutland and Bridgewater was damaged in several locations, including five places between Mendon and Killington where flooding from Mendon Brook created major roadway craters. In two locations, all three lanes of Route 4 were missing. In other locations, two lanes were missing with sheer slope drops as high as 70 to 80 feet.Portions of the roadway were also completely washed away in Killington around River Road where today’s celebration was held, and there was damage in several other locations along “Killington Flats” and the rest of Route 4 stretching east to Woodstock.While roads like Route 4 that were once closed following Irene are now open, many still contain construction crews and have gravel sections, so motorists are encouraged to focus on safety and drive with caution.”Travelers have to understand that open does not mean back to normal in some areas,” Secretary Searles said. “Some of our most badly damaged areas are still recovering, and the roads in these areas remain closed to all but local residents. Even roads that are open, like Route 4 and Route 9, still have construction crews making repairs, as well as segments of gravel where there used to be pavement.”Driving a little slower actually lends itself well to the spirit of foliage season, where leisurely drives and taking in Vermont’s breathtaking beauty is the prime directive.”Driving may be a little slower in some areas, but in most cases you can now get there from here,” Commissioner Smith said. “And when you arrive, Vermont’s well-known hospitality will be waiting to greet you.”For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, the public can call the Irene recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the Agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.Restoring the critical east-west travel corridor between the resort community of Killington and all points to the east and west will come just in time for the kick-off of the fall foliage touring season. The opening could not come soon enough for the many inns, restaurants and other businesses in the resort town that have been essentially cut off from their main commerce route since flooding from Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the roads leading into and out of town. Although recovery efforts caused some events to be postponed until next year, an abbreviated Hay Festival encompassing two major events will go on as planned. Killington Brewfest Weekend will take place September 30 through October 1, and the DockDogs National Championships will go on as scheduled October 7 to 9.  The resort community is also planning a townwide ‘Welcome Back’ celebration on October 1.   ‘Killington is open for business, and we’re eager to welcome back visitors, neighbors and friends during this exceptionally beautiful time of year,’ says Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town.  ‘Coming up to Killington, supporting our shops, inns and restaurants this fall and winter is the best thing people can do to help us get back on track.’  The Killington Brewfest kicks off on Friday September 30 with a Vermont Brewmasters Dinner from 7 to 9pm followed by a Brewfest Kickoff Party, all at the Wobbly Barn.  On Saturday, October 1 the Brewfest takes place from 1 to 6 pm at the Snowshed Lodge at the Killington Resort, featuring live music, food offerings and over 75 of the finest craft beers from throughout the region. DockDogs, as seen on ABC, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, feature distance jumping and retrieving competitions from the world’s best canine athletes. The 2011 DockDogs® National Championships, scheduled for October 7-9 at the Snowshed Base Area, is expected to bring in over 300 of the most experienced teams from all parts of the country — and their fans — to compete for the national title. Along with the breathtaking displays of fall color, visitors to Killington can also expect to see 30 of the town’s giant hay sculptures that make up the Grass Menagerie, the central element of the Killington Hay Festival.  The Killington Hay Festival continues through Columbus Day Weekend, featuring an ongoing scavenger hunt and a hay maze at the Gristmill Restaurant.  For more information on the Killington Hay Festival, contact Suzie Dundas at (802) 422-2185, or suziedundas@killingtontown.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Osimhen opens door to £50m Man Utd transfer

first_img “Later this week he was quoted not ‘interested’ to accept Napoli’s offer.” However, Osimhen is yet to sign on the dotted line and is thought to be keen to see who else comes in for him. According to the Daily Express, citing Football Italia, the striker feels pressured into joining Napoli and could yet steer clear. Furthermore, they claim he wants to move to the Premier League with Manchester United in his sights. read also:Osimhen turns down Napoli’s offer, targets Premier League United recently struck a deal to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan until January 2021, but his return to China will leave an opening in their squad. The Red Devils have relied on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood this season. Pundit Owen Hargreaves is now expecting big things. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, is aspiring to join Manchester United after rejecting Napoli’s lofty offer. The Nigeria striker scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 appearances this season. That form has brought him to the attention of Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid. But it was Napoli who moved first for the 21-year-old; the Serie A side striking a deal worth £50m this summer. Osimhen flew to Naples to hold meetings with coach Gennaro Gattuso and president Aurelio De Laurentiis. “Victor went to Naples with his representatives,” his agent Osita Okolo told Calcio Napoli 24. “We talked and exchanged views on the city: the impressions were good, to tell you the truth. “Victor isn’t always shy, although he would’ve preferred to make an important decision with less media exposure. “After meeting De Laurentiis, Giuntoli and Gattuso, he told me he needed some time to make a decision, without any pressure.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThe Best Actors To Start Their Careers On Soaps7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models90s Stunners Who Still Look GorgeousWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

La Liga refuse Neymar’s deposit to move to PSG

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay La Liga have refused to take the deposit from Neymar’s lawyers for his move to Paris Saint Germain.The system in place means the player must buy himself out of the contract and then get compensated by his new employers however La Liga have confirmed that they have rejected the offer.They have yet to clarify why they have refused the deposit.last_img

What’s the magic number to clinch a playoff berth in a 60-game MLB season?

first_imgMORE: Why the Padres, A’s and Mets could surprise in a 60-game season Vegas odds Odds Shark released its win totals for the 60-game season, and the Yankees and Dodgers have the highest number at 37.5 each. Those two — which will be heavy World Series favorites even in the new format — are the only teams picked to win more than 35 games.  Houston is next at 35, followed by Minnesota at 34.5. Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Washington are at 34. That list provides five of the six division winners from last season — with the Cardinals the other team. St. Louis is at 32.5.  By these numbers, any team that gets to 35-38 victories should be good for a playoff berth.  That might not be enough to win the division, however.  2019 division winners  We totaled the winning percentage for the six division winners from 2019, and that number is .622. If you are targeting that winning percentage over a 60-game season, then the closest record would be 37-23 — a .616 winning percentage.  Teams that win 38 games would have a .633 winning percentage. The Astros (.660), Dodgers (.654) and Yankees (.636) were the only teams that did better than that over a 162-game season last year.  Of course, a 60-game season is much different.  A 60-game sample  We looked at the division leaders after 60 games last season. The Dodgers were the best of the bunch at 41-19. Here’s a look at the division leaders’ records after 60 games last season:  TeamWLDodgers4119Yankees3822Astros4020Twins4020Brewers3426Braves3327The average record among those teams? Again, we’re looking at 38-22.   Room for variation  Vegas, the full-season numbers and the 60-game sample all seem to agree. A team that wins 38 games should be able to claim its division in a 60-game season.  So, we’ll call 38 the magic number to essentially assure a postseason berth.  You can go a few games up or down to allow for variation, and that’s why that 40-20 vision is important in a 60-game season. Wild card teams can probably get in with 34 wins or fewer, but there are no guarantees in a 60-game format.   Win totals via Odds Shark Team2019 WINS2020 WINSLos Angeles Dodgers10637.5New York Yankees10337.5Houston Astros10735Minnesota Twins10134.5Atlanta Braves9734Tampa Bay Rays9634Washington Nationals9334Oakland Athletics9733.5St. Louis Cardinals9132.5Chicago Cubs8432Cleveland Indians9332Los Angeles Angels7232New York Mets8632Boston Red Sox8431.5Chicago White Sox7231.5Cincinnati Reds7531.5Philadelphia Phillies8131.5Arizona Diamondbacks8531Milwaukee Brewers8931San Diego Padres7031Texas Rangers7829.5Toronto Blue Jays6728Colorado Rockies7127.5Pittsburgh Pirates6925.5San Francisco Giants7725.5Seattle Mariners6825Kansas City Royals5924.5Miami Marlins5724.5Baltimore Orioles5421.5Detroit Tigers4721.5 MLB’s 60-game season should create some wild playoff races within the six divisions. But what’s the magic number to claim a division title? That will be interesting to find out, but teams should have 40-20 vision heading into the season. That is, 40 wins should be more than enough to win a division, while a wild card berth should fall at least several wins below that.Let’s take a closer look at what should be the goal for major league teams in 2020.last_img read more