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Vermont Makes Record Investment in Transportation Infrastructure
"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.