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Heard on the Street, 9.1.21


Ground Breaks on Fisher Road Reconstruction 

While driving by Fisher Road Aug. 27, Bridge staff noticed a big culvert dug out at the spot, which had been filled in since Sept. 2020 (causing one end of Fisher Road to be closed). This culvert had failed during a rainfall last year, and the road to Central Vermont Medical Center had been blocked from the Berlin Street side ever since. The selectboard for the Town of Berlin issued the notice of award to Dubois Construction to do the work during its meeting Aug. 2. It now looks like the road may indeed be open by snowfall, as a Berlin town official estimated — barring any new mishaps.

Mask Up, Montpelier

Because of the rise in the number of local COVID-19 cases, city officials have amended their staff mask-wearing policy. If the CDC designates Washington County as a “high-level” area of transmission of COVID-19 (the CDC threshold for “high” transmission is 100 cases per 100,000 residents), then staff members are required to wear masks indoors or when in external meetings, regardless of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are still always required to wear masks while indoors. City officials strongly recommend that all visitors wear masks to any indoor facilities.

Still Finger Lickin’ Good

A Bridge board member and the editor both noticed something happening at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road. Upon inspection, it looks as though it is getting a facelift. We noticed it has been closed down, but rather than being demolished, it appears to have a whole new exterior. A quick call to the corporate office in Kentucky revealed this decades-old establishment is temporarily closed — most likely for remodeling. “It should be back up and running in not too long,” said the customer service representative in a pleasant Southern drawl. Barre has had a somewhat close relationship with this establishment. A folder held by the Vermont Historical Society in Barre contains a newspaper clipping with a photograph of KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders, next to Roy Turner of Barre, at the 1970 Barre Heritage Festival. Both have white beards and are wearing bolo ties. The article notes Sanders visited Barre to commemorate the opening of his newest Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.