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March 30, 2010

Governor Douglas Announces $3.8 Million in Community Enhancement Grants

Funds to help communities complete transportation projects and improve infrastructure

Montpelier, Vt. (March 30, 2010) – Governor 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.

Enhancement awards for FY10 include the following:

2010 TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT AWARDS

Village of North Bennington . . . Sidewalks and streetscape study . . . award amount $15,000 (Project total: $18,750)

Town of Brattleboro . . . Downtown Sidewalks . . . award amount $300,000 (Project total: $375,000)

City of Burlington . . . Bike Path Realignment. . . award amount $100,000 (Project total: $125,000)

Town of Castleton . . . Sidewalks & Crosswalks . . . award amount $46,000 (Project total $57,500)

City of Rutland . . . Creek Path . . . award amount $300,000 (Project total: $375,000)

Village of Derby Line . . . Sidewalks Study . . . award amount $20,000 {Project total: $25,000)

Town of Dummerston . . . Covered Bridge Wing-walls . . . award amount $200,000 (Project total: $250,000)

East Montpelier Cross Vermont Trail Association . . . Cross Vermont Trail - US 2 retaining wall . . . award amount $300,000 (Project total: $375,000)

Town of Enosburgh . . . Municipal Salt Shed . . . award amount $50,000 (Project total: $62,500)

Fairfax Village Sidewalks Study . . . .award amount $20,000 (Project total: $25,000)

Town of Fairfield . . . Sidewalks Study . . . award amount $24,000 (Project total: $30,000)

Town of Georgia Municipal Salt Shed . . . award amount $50,000 (Project total: $62,500)

Town of Hartford, N. Hartland Road Bike/Ped . . . award amount $275,000 (Project total: $343,750)

Village of Johnson. . . School Street Streetscape . . . award amount $290,000 (Project total: $362,500)

Town of Johnson Village to LVRT Path Study . . . award amount $14,000 (Project total: $17,500)

Town of Middlebury. Pulp Mill Bridge Sidewalk Study . . . award amount $20,000 (Project total: $25,000)

Town of Monkton, Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing . . . award amount $150,000 (Project total: $187,500)

Town of Morristown VT 100 Sidewalk Scoping . . . award amount $16,000 (Project total: $20,000)

Town of E. Poultney Pedestrian Bridge Study . . . award amount $16,000 (Project total: $20,000)

Putney Village Sidewalks . . . award amount $300,000 (Project total: $375,000)

Town of Rockingham, Bridge Street Bridge Rehab . . . award amount $240,000 (Project total: $300,000)

Town of South Shaftsbury Sidewalk . . . award amount $73,000 (Project total: $91,250)

Town of Shelburne, Shelburne Falls Ped Study . . . award amount $24,000 (Project total: $30,000)

South Hero Local Motion Causeway Bike Ferry . . . award amount $300,000 (Project total: $375,000)

St. Albans, Aldis Playground Trust St. Albans scenic easement . . . award amount $80,000(Project total: $100,000)

Town of Stamford Municipal Salt Shed . . . award amount $50,000 (Project total: $62,500)

Town of Waterbury, Stowe Street Sidewalk. . . award amount $205,000 (Project total: $256,250)

RuTown of West Rutland, Marble Street Sidewalks Study . . . award amount $20,000 (Project total: $25,000)

City of Winooski, Sidewalks to School . . . award amount $300,000 (Project total: $375,000)

Wolcott Town of Wolcott LVRT Trailhead Study . . . award amount $20,000 (Project total: $25,000)

TOTAL AWARDS: $3,818,000

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 30, 2010 13:17:57