Vermont Senate has advanced a $354 million transportation budget that boosts
spending on the state’s roads and bridges.
legislative study committee met last fall and endorsed shifting more of the
state’s annual transportation budget away from other transit programs to allow
more spending on road and bridge projects. That means less would go toward
funding things such as rest areas, public transportation and other
Senate plan picks up where the study panel left off.
James Douglas also said during his budget address that road and bridgework
should be the state’s top priority. He proposed spending $40 million for paving
and $53 million for bridge repair.
currently allocates $33 million annually to pave roads and $49 million to
repair bridges, the Rutland Herald reported.
unanimously approved the new spending plan April 28. The House previously passed
a similar version.
The bill – H523 – earmarks $13 million to pave sections of Interstates 89 and 91,
including a 12-mile stretch of I-89 northbound from Hartford to Sharon, and a
12-mile segment of I-91 northbound between Gilford and Brattleboro.
are also included for bridges over the White River in Hartford and the
Ompompanoosuc River in Norwich.
conference committee will be appointed to work out differences between the
House and Senate versions.