Vermont Route 30

Vermont Route 30 (VT 30) is a 111.870-mile-long (180.037 km) north–south state highway in the U.S. state of Vermont. VT 30 runs from U.S. Route 5 (US 5) and VT 9 in Brattleboro to US 7 and VT 125 in Middlebury. The northern portion, from Poultney to Middlebury, was part of the New England road marking system's Route 30, from which VT 30 got its number. The route passes through many historic small towns, and travel writers such as those at Southern Vermont have described the route as "idyllic" and "picturesque".[3]

Vermont Route 30 marker
Vermont Route 30
Seth Warner Memorial Highway[1]
Stone Valley Byway
VT 30 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by VTrans
Length111.870 mi[2] (180.037 km)
Major junctions
South end US 5 / VT 9 in Brattleboro
Major intersections
North end US 7 / VT 125 in Middlebury
Location
CountryUnited States
StateVermont
CountiesWindham, Bennington, Rutland, Addison
Highway system
VT 26 VT 30A
Route 28N.E. Route 30A

Route descriptionEdit

 
View north along VT 30 in Manchester Center

VT 30 starts in a residential neighborhood in Brattleboro and begins to follow the West River northwest through West Dummerston, Newfane, Townshend, and Jamaica. At Jamaica, the route climbs out of the West River valley and into Winhall, passing close to Stratton Mountain and Bromley Mountain ski areas. The route then joins VT 11 and proceeds southwest down the western slopes of the Green Mountains into Manchester, where it has an interchange with US-7. At the roundabout in Manchester Center, it again turns northwest, following the Mettawee River Drainage through the Taconic Mountains in the towns of Dorset, Pawlet, and Wells. In Poultney, VT 30 passes along the eastern edge of Lake St. Catherine State Park. At Poultney, VT 30 takes on a northerly course, then crosses US-4 in Castleton. To the north in Hubbardton, VT 30 runs along the eastern shore of Lake Bomoseen. It then continues almost due north with panoramic views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks along a hilltop through pasture land in the towns of Sudbury, Whiting, and Cornwall. VT 30 then descends and turns northeast, following North Main Street past Middlebury College into a residential section of Middlebury, where it soon terminates at a roundabout with VT 125.

HistoryEdit

From 1922 until 1926, New England Route 30 (part of the New England road marking system) ran from Granville, New York, through Poultney (via New York State Route 22A), continuing north through Burlington, to Alburg. The northern sections of Route 30 were assigned in 1926 to U.S. Route 7 (US 7) from Middlebury to Burlington, and to US 2 from Burlington to Alburg. Soon afterwards, Vermont extended the Route 30 designation southeast to its current Brattleboro terminus. (VT 30 to Brattleboro had been in place by 1933.)[4][5] In August 2011, Hurricane Irene heavily damaged large sections of VT 30 and made it impassable for a period of time.[6]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocation[2]mi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
WindhamBrattleboro0.0000.000   
 
US 5 / VT 9 to I-91 – Guilford, Putney
Southern terminus
Townshend16.39126.379  VT 35 north – Athens, GraftonSouthern terminus of VT 35
Jamaica22.37536.009  VT 100 south – Wardsboro, WilmingtonSouthern end of concurrency with VT 100
30.51149.103  VT 100 north – South Londonderry, Londonderry, Magic Mountain Ski AreaNorthern end of concurrency with VT 100
BenningtonWinhall39.47463.527  VT 11 east – Bromley Ski Area, Peru, Londonderry, Magic Mountain Ski AreaSouthern end of concurrency with VT 11
Manchester44.321–
44.560
71.328–
71.712
  US 7 – Rutland, BenningtonExit 4 (US 7); partial cloverleaf interchange
45.87773.832   VT 7A south / VT 11 – Manchester VillageNorthern end of concurrency with VT 11; southern end of concurrency with VT 7A; western terminus of VT 11
45.915[7]73.893  VT 7A north – RutlandNorthern end of concurrency with VT 7A
Rupert54.02186.938  VT 315 west – Rupert, Salem NYEastern terminus of VT 315
RutlandPawlet60.24896.960  VT 133 north – Middletown Springs, West RutlandSouthern terminus of VT 133
64.592103.951  VT 153 west – West PawletEastern terminus of VT 153
65.522105.447  VT 149 west – Granville NYWestern terminus of VT 149
Poultney75.550121.586  VT 31 southNorthern terminus of VT 31
75.634121.721  VT 140 east – East PoultneyWestern terminus of VT 140
Castleton82.169132.238  VT 4A – Hydeville, Fair Haven, Castleton, West Rutland
82.746133.167  US 4 – Fair Haven, Castleton, RutlandExit 4 (US 4); diamond interchange
Sudbury93.483150.446  VT 144 west – HortoniaEastern terminus of VT 144
95.735154.071  VT 73 west – Orwell, Ferry to NY StateSouthern end of concurrency with VT 73
97.917157.582  VT 73 east – BrandonNorthern end of concurrency with VT 73
AddisonCornwall107.416172.869  VT 74 west – West Cornwall, Shoreham, Ferry to NY StateEastern terminus of VT 74
Middlebury111.475–
111.612
179.402–
179.622
  
 
VT 125 to VT 23 – Weybridge, Bridport, Bridge to NY
Roundabout; to VT 23 via VT 125 west
111.870180.037  US 7 – East Middlebury, Brandon, VergennesNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sudbury, Vermont" - Google Maps. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Traffic Research Unit (May 2013). "2012 (Route Log) AADTs for State Highways" (PDF). Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development Division, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff (2020). "Vermont Route 30". Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  4. ^ 1933 Saxton River VT USGS map
  5. ^ 1935 Brattleboro VT USGS map
  6. ^ "What used to be Highway 30 | marquam's_imma | Flickr".
  7. ^ Division of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development (October 3, 2014). "Vermont General Highway Map, Urban Compact of Manchester Center Depot, Bennington County" (PDF). Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved March 12, 2015. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)

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