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Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont - October 16, 2004

These pictures were taken with my Olympus C730 Ultra Zoom digital camera at on a short ride from Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Bennington, Vermont, and back, on October 16, 2004. The ride up involved a trip on the just-opened Vermont 279 Bennington Bypass, connecting NY 7 in Hoosick, to US 7 in Bennington.

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Some fall foliage in Williamstown along Main Street. [2048x1536]

More Williamstown foliage on Cole Ave. [2048x1536]

Coming up on the Cole Avenue bridge construction project. [2048x1536]

There's been a one-lane temporary bridge here, either for the construction of the new river bridge or the new railroad overpass, for what seems like two years. Why is this so hard? I almost never see anyone actually working there. [2048x1536]

There's also another one-lane bridge on US 7 in Williamstown, heading north to Vermont. This one has only been a few months and there's at least evidence of some progress. [2048x1536]

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Vermont had a major paving project on US 7 between the Massachusetts line and Bennington in late summer 2004. As part of this, they installed this new welcome sign on US 7 North. [2048x1536]

A quick view of the old Green Mountain dog track in Pownal. [2048x1536]

Another part of the reconstruction of US 7, the intersection with Vermont 346 has been reconfigured. There is no longer a ramp from VT 346 South to US 7 South, replaced by a regular right turn at a stop sign. [2048x1536]

The former ramp is being replaced with an intersection with a side street on 346. [2048x1536]

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In Pownal on Vermont 346. [2048x1536]

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There is also construction along 346 between Pownal and North Pownal. [2048x1536]

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Now in New York on Route 7, the split with New York 22 in Hoosick. [2048x1536]

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The junction with the new Bennington bypass has completely reconfigured New York 7 in Hoosick. To stay on 7 into Bennington now requires a right turn. The main line continues on to the new bypass, signed as "To Vermont 279". It is not clear if this number has an official New York state route number. [2048x1536]

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This is how the road is signed in its New York segment. [2048x1536]

Nice road with a climbing lane eastbound toward the state line. [2048x1536]

A mile or two up, we reach Vermont. [2048x1536]

And it's now officially Vermont 279. The number looks like a 3-digit interstate kind of number. It makes some sense to number it 279 since it's a bypass for US 7 and Vermont 9 around Bennington. [2048x1536]

There's a huge rock cut to make room for the truck scales. Seems like an awful lot of work to put that in this exact spot. [2048x1536]

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Much of the road is 2 lanes. [2048x1536]

Coming down into the north side of Bennington, there's an interchange with Vermont 67A. [2048x1536]

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Continuing straight is a section of the road that was already in existence for a while, connecting up with US 7 north of where it become a limited access road. [2048x1536]

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On Vermont 67A, the sign for the bypass westbound. [2048x1536]

In an attempt to avoid confusion with the nearby US 7, the sign for the ramp is marked with an "NY" above the New York 7 shield. [2048x1536]

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Now this is going to confuse some people. Straight for US 7, right for New York 7. [2048x1536]

US 7 just south of Bennington. [2048x1536]

Stop at the Apple Barn. [2048x1536]

This year's cornfield maze is cut into the shape of Vermont, with paths representing major Vermont highways. [2048x1536]

Look closely for the route markers. [2048x1536]

Further down US 7 in Pownal. [2048x1536]

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Back to the US 7/Vermont 346 intersection. [2048x1536]

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Back in Williamstown, the front of the Adams Memorial Theater was chopped off this week. [2048x1536]

And the new theater entrance construction continues. [2048x1536]
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