About 20 people attended a brief but joyful ribbon cutting ceremony marking the reopening of Fisher Road in Berlin at 10 a.m. this morning. The road closed well over a year ago after a culvert failed, frustrating local residents who use it as their main access to the Central Vermont Medical Center and the Berlin Mall via Berlin Street.
While the road is now open, the project is not complete. The road still needs to be paved.
Robert Clark, senior engineer with Otter Creek Engineering, the primary engineering consultant for the project, said “with COVID it was hard to get everything together before the end of the year. The weather’s not appropriate to pave until the spring.”
Clark said he expects the road to get paved by April 2022, but “it’s weather dependent” so he could not guarantee a specific date.
The Fisher Road culvert failed 15 months ago, on Sept. 29, 2020, after heavy rains, blocking vehicle passage between the intersection with Paine Turnpike and the entrances to the Army National Guard facility and the psychiatric hospital as well as the Berlin Mall and the Central Vermont Medical Center.