Governor announces $3.8 million in transportation enhancement grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that 30 Vermont communities in 2010 will receive a combined $3.8 million for transportation enhancement projects.Since 1995, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has awarded enhancement grants to communities and non-profit organizations for a wide range of federally-eligible projects such as restoring historic buildings, rebuilding and extending sidewalks, enhancing the environment, improving hiking and biking trails, purchasing scenic easements and repairing historic bridges.  Since the programs inception, more than 330 grant awards have been made to Vermont communities totaling over $45 million.  These grants provide seed money so communities can complete important transportation projects they otherwise might not be able to afford, Governor Douglas said. The projects not only improve our existing transportation system, but they provide a significant contribution to the state s economy.The 2010 process was quite competitive and saw 45 applications with funding requests totaling over $8.7 million. Grant applications were reviewed by VTrans to affirm project eligibility, then were individually considered and awarded by a grant committee.  VTrans staff provides technical and limited project assistance to grant recipients.In keeping with the will of the Vermont Legislature that priority be given to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, over two thirds of the awards and nearly ninety percent of the funding went to pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Most of the remaining awards were given to either environmentally sensitive projects such as a wildlife crossing or the construction of new salt sheds, or other projects such as the reconstruction or repair of historic bridges.The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) passed by Congress in 1991 created the Transportation Enhancement Program. In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) reaffirmed Congress commitment to enhancing communities by increasing funding support for enhancement projects through 2010.Specific questions about the Transportation Enhancements Grant Program may be answered by calling 828-0583.Source: Governor’s office. 3.30.2010Enhancement awards for FY10 include the following: 2010 TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT AWARDS County TownSponsorProject TitleAward AmtProject TotalBenningtonBenningtonVillage of North Bennington Sidewalks and streetscape study $15,000$18,750WindhamBrattleboroTown of BrattleboroDowntown Sidewalks$300,000$375,000ChittendenBurlingtonCity of BurlingtonBike Path Realignment $100,000$125,000RutlandCastleton Town of Castleton Sidewalks & Crosswalks$46,000$57,500RutlandCity of RutlandCity of RutlandRutland Creek Path $300,000$375,000OrleansDerbyVillage of Derby LineSidewalks Study$20,000$25,000WindhamDummerstonTown of DummerstonCovered Bridge Wing-walls$200,000$250,000Washington East MontpelierCross Vermont Trail AssociationCross Vermont Trail – US 2 retaining wall$300,000$375,000FranklinEnosburghTown of EnosburghMunicipal Salt Shed$50,000$62,500FranklinFairfaxTown of FairfaxFairfax Village Sidewalks Study$20,000$25,000FranklinFairfieldTown of FairfieldFairfield Sidewalks Study$24,000$30,000FranklinGeorgiaTown of GeorgiaMunicipal Salt Shed$50,000$62,500WindsorHartfordTown of HartfordN. Hartland Road Bike/Ped$275,000$343,750LamoilleJohnsonVillage of JohnsonSchool Street Streetscape$290,000$362,500LamoilleJohnsonTown of JohnsonVillage to LVRT Path Study$14,000$17,500AddisonMiddlebury & WeybridgeTown of Middlebury Pulp Mill Bridge Sidewalk Study$20,000$25,000AddisonMonktonTown of Monkton Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing $150,000$187,500LamoilleMorristownTown of MorristownVT 100 Sidewalk Scoping $16,000$20,000RutlandPoultneyTown of PoultneyE. Poultney Pedestrian Bridge Study$16,000$20,000WindhamPutneyTown of PutneyPutney Village Sidewalks $300,000$375,000WindhamRockinghamTown of RockinghamBridge Street Bridge Rehab$240,000$300,000BenningtonShaftsburyTown of Shaftsbury South Shaftsbury Sidewalk$73,000$91,250ChittendenShelburneTown of ShelburneShelburne Falls Ped Study $24,000$30,000Grand IsleSouth HeroLocal MotionCauseway Bike Ferry$300,000$375,000FranklinSt. AlbansAldis Playground TrustSt. Albans scenic easement $80,000$100,000BenningtonStamfordTown of StamfordMunicipal Salt Shed$50,000$62,500Washington WaterburyTown of WaterburyStowe Street Sidewalk$205,000$256,250RutlandWest RutlandTown of West RutlandMarble Street Sidewalks Study$20,000$25,000ChittendenWinooskiCity of WinooskiSidewalks to School$300,000$375,000LamoilleWolcottTown of WolcottLVRT Trailhead Study$20,000$25,000 ###center_img TOTAL AWARDS:$3,818,000last_img

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