Vermont advises limiting gatherings, no holiday travel

48. Vermont     • Roadway in poor condition:  22.9% (21st highest)     • Structurally deficient bridges:  2.4% of bridges (5th lowest)     • Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019:  10 (1.7 per 100 miles of track -- 5th fewest out of 49 states)     • State highway spending per licensed driver:  $804 (12th highest) Like most states in the Northeast, Vermont has a higher than average share of roadway in poor condition. States with longer and harsher winters tend to have greater wear and tear on their roads, as water seeps into cracks in the asphalt and expands as it freezes, weakening the integrity of the surface. In Vermont, 22.9% of roadway is in poor condition compared to 21.8% of roadway nationwide.  Still, bridges in Vermont are more likely to be structurally sound than in all but four other states. Additionally, railways in the state appear to be in better than average condition as train derailments are far less common than average in Vermont. Broken rails are the leading cause of derailment.    ALSO READ: The Plan for Reopening Schools in Vermont This Fall

State officers on Friday suggested Vermonters to not journey throughout Thanksgiving and to restrict social gatherings typically and to not more than 10 individuals with an increase in coronavirus outbreaks in Vermont and a surge in instances regionally and nationally.

“The information and the traits of the previous few weeks are sending a transparent message that we have to up our recreation with a purpose to shield ourselves and our communities and forestall large-spread infections,” mentioned Well being Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine throughout the governor’s bi-weekly virus briefing.

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Even small gatherings can have a huge impact, he mentioned. In Vermont, occasions akin to beginning events, dinner events, sleepovers, child showers and barbecues have resulted within the unfold of COVID-19, the sickness attributable to the virus, he mentioned.

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