Transportation Funding Addressed in Governor’s State Budget Speech

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, in his state budget address, just noted there will be $106 million in transportation funding to improve 65 bridges and culverts and preventative maintenance on dozens of other structures. Funding will also cover construction that will begin on the Morrisville Truck Route this year, continued work on the Bennington Bypass, and improvements to the state’s rail infrastructure. Governor Shumlin said that he would like to explore a partnership with other New England States and the Canadian Provence of Quebec to create a high-speed rail system that would connect New York City to Montreal, with a spur to Boston. “High speed rail is the transportation of our global future, and it is high time that Vermont gets on board,” Governor Shumlin said. Read the Governor’s speech in it’s entirety.

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