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The Vermont Agency of Transportation has reversed a decision to close the Morrisville Bypass to non-motorized uses, at least until the agency's Traffic Committee meets in December to discuss the issue.

The two-mile bypass, also known as the Alternative Truck Route, opens to traffic at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. And now "traffic" will mean cars and trucks and bicycles and pedestrians. 

Time To Button Up

Oct 29, 2014

This Saturday is Button Up Vermont's Day of Action. It's the second annual event intended to inspire Vermonters to weatherize their homes. Organizers are hoping Vermonters will embrace the fall Button Up Vermont event in the same way they take part in Green Up Day each spring.

Here's what the Button Up Vermont website has to say about the Nov. 1 event:

The Button Up Vermont Day of Action is an annual tradition aimed at inspiring more Vermonters to “Button Up” each fall, just like we “Green Up” every spring!

What would happen if an entire city practiced mindfulness? The Vermont Community Foundation has set out to answer that question by awarding the Center for Mindful Learning an Innovations and Collaborations Grant "to teach and integrate mindfulness into the core city institutions of Winooski."

Traveling Vermont 116 in Bristol is about to get a whole lot easier. This afternoon, local and state officials will be on hand for the grand opening of a new 368-foot span over the New Haven River.

"Travelers have been dealing with delays in the area for years with a one-lane temporary bridge," a Vermont Agency of Transportation media alert states. And although work on the bridge won't be finished until the spring, it will be open to traffic after the ceremony at 1 p.m. today.

VTrans has posted a YouTube video about the project. Check it out:

The long-awaited Morrisville Bypass is set to open on Halloween. Volunteers help prepare nests for spiny softshell turtles. Motorboats are still allowed on Wolcott Pond, under five miles per hour. Burlington establishes an adopt-a-drain program.

A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions tonight before voters in Brookline and Newfane  reconsider a NewBrook Elementary School energy project. Half of the two-part project was approved at a special meeting in June.

After over 40 years of planning, funding delays, re-planning and construction, on Oct. 31 the Morrisville Bypass will open to motor vehicles. The ribbon cutting is planned for noon on Oct. 31, followed by walking tours and, at 2 p.m., a motor vehicle parade. And although they're not allowed, there might be some rogue bike riders along the two-mile route as well.

On November 4, Voters in many Vermont towns will be weighing in on local ballot initiatives as well as electing local and statewide candidates. Local votes include school renovation projects, utility projects and municipal charter changes.

When Google announced its 2014 eCity list of the country's most tech-friendly metropolises, some Vermonters reacted, "Stowe? Really?"

When Vermonters go to the polls Nov. 4, many will vote on a local ballot initiative in addition to deciding upon candidates. Here are some of the local issues on Vermont ballots this Election Day. Let us know what your town is voting on by tweeting @AmyKolbNoyes with #ElectionDay.