Delegation applauds over $34 million in funding for three transportation projects

Federal funds will support replacement of the Winooski River Bridge between Winooski and Burlington, construction of the Federal Street Multimodal Connector in St. Albans, and a planning grant to improve public transit in northwest Vermont

Vermont Business Magazine Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), Rep. Peter Welch (D), and state and local officials announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded Vermont three Rebuilding American Infrastructure With Sustainability And Equity (RAISE) grants totaling $34,624,624 for fiscal year 2022. The grants will support three projects in Vermont: Winooski River Bridge Replacement; construction of the Federal Street Multimodal Connector in St. Albans; and a planning grant to improve public transit in northwestern Vermont.

Senator Leahy said, “These projects will help improve the daily lives of tens of thousands of Vermonters. This will make it easier for them to get around and make the roads safer and more suitable for bicycles. The Infrastructure Act provides rural communities like those in Vermont with a unique opportunity to rebuild and repair their roads and bridges. Without these RAISE funds, it would take years, if not decades, for the state and communities to secure the funds necessary to move forward with these proposals. I am delighted that these projects have received federal support and funding from the Department of Transportation.

Senator Sanders said, “It’s great news that Vermont is receiving more than $34 million for transportation projects across the state. Through improvements to public transit, sidewalks, bike paths and our overall infrastructure, this funding will help Vermonters meet their basic needs by improving their ability to get to work and school, grocery shopping and access to health care.

Congressman Welch said, “These grants will fund critical projects across Vermont to ease congestion and create new opportunities for people to bike and walk. It’s good for our environment, our health and the well-being of our communities. I am grateful to the folks at VTrans, local officials and advocates, and my fellow members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation, whose hard work brought this critical funding to Vermont and moved these projects forward. important.

Governor Phil Scott said, “RAISE grants play an important role in improving our state’s infrastructure and building its resilience. I want to thank Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch for their advocacy on behalf of Vermont and their strong partnerships with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. These important grants will contribute greatly to our state.

Vermont Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn said, The Vermont Agency of Transportation is thrilled to receive this RAISE grant for the replacement of the Winooski River Bridge between Winooski and Burlington. This grant will help improve this essential connection between two major cities and provide essential multimodal transport infrastructure. We are grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation for this project.

Winooski Town Manager Elaine Wang said, Winooski is thrilled to have this opportunity to improve the safety of this very important structure for our region.

St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud said, “This project has been in the works for over 20 years. We are thrilled to have the support of the federal government to launch it from the drawing board into the field. »

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlie Baker said, “We are grateful to the Delegation and USDOT for supporting the development of Smart Growth in Vermont. This effort will provide housing and transportation options, fight climate change, and improve equity in our communities.

The RAISE grant for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will provide $24,800,000 for the construction of the Winooski River Bridge, which connects the cities of Winooski and Burlington. The project would replace the current Main Street Bridge, which was built in 1929 and carries an average of 25,000 vehicles a day.

Currently, the narrow bridge is a major congestion point with inadequate sidewalks and no cycling facilities.

The new, wider Winooski River Bridge would feature barrier-separated multi-use pathways on both sides, including bike lanes. This new bridge will allow residents to choose active, fuel-free, lower-cost, on-demand transportation, helping to improve health and the environment.

The RAISE Grant for the City of St. Albans will provide $7,724,624 to construct the Federal Street Multimodal Connector. This project includes the construction of a new road to improve connections between the Federal Street Corridor and Interstate 89, as well as the upgrading of existing streets and necessary improvements for traffic flow and multimodality. This regional transport project has been in the planning stage for decades.

The RAISE Planning Grant for the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission will provide $2,100,000 to develop a comprehensive transit-oriented development plan for 12 communities in a five-county region of northwest Vermont: Addison , Chittenden, Franklin, Rutland and Washington counties. The project will also support plans to improve bus and/or commuter rail services in the five county area.

The Vermont Congressional Delegation submitted letters of support for the VTrans RAISE Grant Project and the City of St. Albans RAISE Grant Project in April 2022, which are available here and here.

(WEDNESDAY, August 10, 2022) — Delegation

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