Hi JayH -
Drove Rte 4 from Rutland to New Hampshire and back yesterday and today. The road is in good condition although there are sections where there is no shoulder for couple of 1/2 mile sections. Traffic is not racing and people are gawking alot at the remnants of the high water. Going east, the climb is reasonable the entire way with the last mile steeper. The road going westbound has two pretty steep climbs with a section of flat to recover. If it were me, I would rather ride eastbound from Rutland.
The amount of road construction and repair is extensive and the work that has been completed is impressive. Amongst everything else, the most impressive example of water hydraulics is the remains of a bridge along side the river after it was completely swept from its footings.
One of my favorite restaurants from college days, The Outback Saloon, in Bridgewater appears to have survived.