Vermont Makes Record Investment in Transportation Infrastructure

Governor Peter Shumlin approved the largest transportation bill in Vermont history earlier this week. So what does the money go to?

"The bill approves $685.7 million in infrastructure improvements and maintenance and supports the Agency of Transportation’s (VTrans) vision of a safe, efficient, multimodal transportation system that promotes Vermont’s quality of life and economic wellbeing," according to a press release from the office of Governor Peter Shumlin.

The press release also details the state's improvements in transportation infrastructure: "In 2008, Vermont ranked near the bottom of all states – 45th in the nation – for numbers of structurally deficient bridges. By 2013, the state ranked 28th. The overall percentage of structurally deficient bridges has declined from 19.7 percent in 2008 to just over 8 percent in 2013. The percentage of pavement rated in very poor condition has declined from a high of 36 percent in 2008 to only 21 percent in 2013."

Here's a partial breakdown of the bill's funding allocations:

  • $115.7 million for paving. 
  • $140.3 million for bridges. 
  • $50 million for roadway. 
  • $13.3 million for highway safety and traffic operations. 
  • $2.7 million for park-and-ride facilities. 
  • $29.8 million for public transit. 
  • $19.9 million for aviation. 
  • $37.3 million for rail. 
  • $108.7 million for town highway programs.
Full Story: Gov. Shumlin Signs Largest Investment in Transportation Infrastructure in State History

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