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July 15, 2009

Governor Douglas Targets $10 million in Stimulus Funding for Municipal Paving, Transportation Enhancements and Bridge Repair

MONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will award more than $10 million in Federal Economic Stimulus funds to improve roadways, sidewalks, bridges and other transportation infrastructure owned by 30 Vermont municipalities and non profits.

The money will be distributed in three ways: 10 communities will receive paving grants ranging from $300,000 to $750,000, eight communities or non profits will receive transportation enhancement grants ranging from $52,000 to $240,000, while the Vermont Agency of Transportation will expend up to $5 million in Stimulus funds to repair 12 structurally deficient town highway bridges.

“These funds will ensure that Vermont towns and villages receive the benefit of transportation stimulus funding distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” Governor Douglas said. “Not only will these funds create jobs in towns across Vermont, it will also repair a dozen structurally deficient bridges, build sidewalks and pave miles of town roads that otherwise would not receive attention.”

Paving grants were issued to the following communities:

Town Paving Project Estimate

Alburgh West Shore Road/Isle Lamotte Bridge $411,750

Barton TH #1 (VT 16) $578,250

Berlin Paine Turnpike North (Berlin Four Corners) $365,612

City of Newport Lake Road $362,163

Hardwick Center Road $450,000

Lincoln River Road, encompassing West River Rd, East River Rd, Gap Road to the National Forest. $300,000

Milton Lake Road $370,530

Strafford Route 132 $750,000

Topsham Powder Spring Road $675,000

Town of West Rutland Marble St, Whipple Hollow Road $709,413

Town highway bridges will be repaired in these communities:

Town Bridge Estimate

(This is a planning estimate only)

Barnet TH 81 (Garland Hill), bridge #42 $135,000

Benson TH 2 (VT 144), bridge #17 $220,000

Belvidere Town Highway 3, bridge #12 $75,000

Bethel TH 79 (Old Route 12), bridge #48 $195,000

Braintree Town Highway 23, bridge #12 $750,000

Enosburg TH 7 (Longley Bridge Road), bridge #9 $135,000

Greensboro TH 4 (Main Street), bridge #26 $245,000

Newbury TH 50 (Peach Brook Road), bridge #65 $145,000

Newfane Town Highway 47, bridge #50 $170,000

Rutland Town TH 11 (McKinley Avenue), bridge #9 $450,000

St. Johnsbury US 2, bridge #104 (Portland Street) $1,060,000

Wardsboro Town Highway 1 (FAS 114), bridge #11 $720,000

The Transportation Enhancement Grant Committee awarded Transportation Enhancement Grants to the following projects:

Town Enhancement Project Estimate

Franklin Safe Routes to School Sidewalk $84,000

Groton Kettle Pond ADA $52,000

Montpelier Vine Street Pedestrian Bridge $168,000

North Hero Knight Point State Park ADA Trail $12,000

Pawlet/Poultney D&H Rail Trail $184,000

Shelburne Mount Philo Road Sidewalk STPWalk(26) $156,870

So. Burlington So. Burlington Bike Path Project Repaving $158,948

Town of Essex VT15 Sidewalk Project $240,000

The paving grants were issued on a competitive basis, while enhancement grants were issued to communities or nonprofit organizations that demonstrated projects were “shovel ready.” VTrans selected the bridges for repair based on structural deficiency and an ability to complete repairs within the deadlines stipulated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: July 15, 2009 11:33:44