The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) at 10 am on Thursday, October 6, 2011, will close a small section of Route 14 in East Montpelier that was damaged by spring flooding and exacerbated by Tropical Storm Irene. The road is expected to remain closed into November. Route 14 between its intersection with Route 2 and Northstar Fireworks was restricted to one lane on September 26 due to the roadway beginning to slide into the Winooski River. Engineers originally believed the road could be repaired while maintaining one lane of traffic, but the roadway continues to undermine. Electronic message boards beginning Wednesday will warn motorists of the coming closure. ‘All the rain we had over the past week exacerbated the situation, and earth is now disappearing from underneath the road at an accelerated rate,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We have already lost about three feet of asphalt, and there is no longer room to safely have both traffic and construction vehicles in the same area.’ All commercial vehicles will be rerouted to Route 302 regardless of their destination, while pleasure vehicles can use Route 302 to reach Montpelier or Country Club Road to reach Plainfield. VTrans plans to keep Route 14 passable for emergency vehicles. While the agency hopes to keep one-way traffic flowing until 10 a.m. Thursday, roadway workers will continually monitor the situation and reevaluate plans. The agency will close the road without warning anytime if it believes public safety could be compromised. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-866-7099 or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.
Athletics director Jim Senter said in a press release (which was posted online by KTSM-TV’s Colin Deaver) Friday that he and Dimel believe “the final charges will not be as severe as what has been reported.” UTEP football sources told the El Paso Times on Wednesday that Locksley was optimistic the charges would be pleaded down to misdemeanors or dismissed. A court date had not been set as of late July, KTSM reported.MORE: SN’s Group of 5 predictions for 2019″We believe in restorative justice and feel that Kai will benefit more in the long run by getting the necessary support and guidance from his coaches and teammates, rather than being dismissed from the team,” Senter said.”While we welcome Kai back to our football team, I want to make it very clear that he will have a list of expectations placed on him,” Dimel said in the same release. “We will keep these expectations in-house, but a zero tolerance policy will be in effect. The rest is up to Kai, but we’re hopeful that he can come out of all this the best possible person and teammate.” Locksley, the son of Maryland football coach Mike Locksley, made eight starts for UTEP in 2018 and played in nine games overall. He posted a team-high 1,277 yards of total offense (937 passing, 340 rushing) and nine total touchdowns (three passing, six rushing).He is one of seven quarterbacks on the Miners’ 2019 roster; Dimel told reporters Thursday that all seven would receive work during fall practice, which turned out to be a hint that Locksley would be reinstated.The Miners will open their season Aug. 31 vs. Houston Baptist, an FCS team. UTEP coach Dana Dimel says he is hopeful senior quarterback Kai Locksley can emerge from his recent suspension as “the best possible person and teammate.”Locksley was reinstated Friday, the first day of fall practice. UTEP suspended him after his June 8 arrest in El Paso, Texas, on charges of driving while intoxicated, marijuana possession, making terroristic threats and illegal possession of a firearm.