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Winooski River Rapid Impeded by Bridge Debris

January 1, 2021

first_imgWinooski River Rapid Impeded by Bridge DebrisMONTPELIER – Debris associated with the Route 2 bridge span that toppled into the Winooski River earlier this week has been lodged in a nearby river rapid and poses a danger to paddlers using the Winooski.Canoeists, kayakers and others recreating in this section of the Winooski should exercise caution when paddling the river as the debris has the potential to be dangerous if a boater were to be swept into it.Junkyard Rapid, the first major river feature below the Route 2 bridge being demolished on the Middlesex/Moretown line, has collected some debris from the structure that fell into the Winooski River due to high water. Junkyard Rapid is located behind the auto salvage yard along Route 2 between Waterbury and Middlesex, and can be seen from the road. Anyone boating this stretch of river below the bridge demolition project should use extreme caution.In this area, work crews have anchored barges that cannot be removed until the river subsides, while large steel job boxes also remain in the river just down stream from where the bridge was located. But of particular concern is debris lodged in Junkyard Rapid.Junkyard Rapid is located in the main channel at the run out or bottom of the rapid. The debris is creating a sieve like-entrapment situation which has the potential to be dangerous if a boater were to be swept into it.It is highly recommended that boaters avoid the stretch of river between the bridge demolition project and Junkyard Rapid. Until the water recedes and work crews can remove the debris, the debris will remain in the river creating a potential hazard to paddle.#####last_img

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