April 28, 2009
Rockingham, Vt. – Vermont Governor Jim Douglas this afternoon kicked off the 2009 paving season at a ceremony in Rockingham. At the ceremony, the Governor outlined the benefits that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the Federal Economic Stimulus Bill, will have on the condition of local roadways.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Phase 1 stimulus list, which includes 20 transportation projects totaling $45 million, includes 14 paving projects at an estimated cost of $34 million, which is 75 percent of the overall total.
The addition of this stimulus money will allow VTrans to conduct about $100 million in paving this year. By way of comparison, VTrans in 2008 bid less than $60 million in paving.
“Stimulus money is perfect for paving because these projects can be brought to construction quickly, they create local construction jobs and there is a real need to improve the condition of our roadways,” Governor Douglas said. “The wise use of our stimulus dollars coupled with our efforts to decrease the transfer from the transportation fund to general fund as well as my plan to bond for more paving dollars is the next step in the Road to Affordability, a plan I launched in 2006.”
The Rockingham-Chester paving project which the Governor and local officials highlighted today will resurface nine miles of Route 103 between Rockingham and Chester. Work began this morning.
VTrans has not yet released a Phase 2 stimulus project list, but the Agency is gearing up in such a way that Phase 2, which will total close to $80 million, also will have a heavy emphasis on paving.
“The funding provided through the economic stimulus bill will allow the Agency of Transportation to greatly increase the amount of paving it can do both this year and next,” Governor Douglas added. “This money will help us address a decade’s long challenge in paving and road construction funding. I’m proud that VTrans is gearing up to bid nearly $300 million in construction projects this year.”
In paving alone, for the year between October 2007 and September 2008, VTrans bid 19 paving projects for a total of $55 million worth of construction. For the similar period between October 2008 and September 2009, which includes a time when stimulus funds are available, VTrans anticipates it will bid about 30 paving projects statewide totaling more than $100 million in construction costs.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: April 28, 2009 11:54:35