By Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2020

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - A major construction project through downtown Middlebury is taking a big step forward Friday with traffic resuming through the heart of the community.

Vermont officials are planning a ribbon cutting to mark the reopening of traffic at Main and Merchant streets. The area was closed to traffic for 10 weeks this summer while construction crews worked on a new rail tunnel beneath the center of Middlebury.

The rail tunnel can accommodate large freight cars and, it’s hoped, expanded Amtrak passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington.

A special invitation-only passenger train will use the new tracks. Later Friday, two freight trains are scheduled to go through.

The $60 million, five-year project is due to be completed next year.

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