Lawmakers Want to Review Safe Roads at Safe Speeds Policy

WCAX Channel 3 and the Burlington Free Press report today on House members who are advocating for the state to take up a bare roads policy, rather than the “safe roads at safe speeds,” policy that has been in place since 1981. Governor Peter Shumlin, who took a ride on I-89 in a VTrans plow truck from the Middlesex garage yesterday, stated his administration will review the current safe roads policy.

 A switch in policy could be pricy, The Burlington Free Press reports. Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter told reporter Terri Hollenbeck switching policy would require the plowing workforce to double. This would infer an initial cost of $55 million, and $35 million each substituent year. The current state winter maintenance budget is $20 million.

VTrans Operations Director Scott Rogers discussed this issue earlier in the week on Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition.”

Lawmakers and state officials praised the hard work and effort by state transportation workers in the winter storm clean-up.

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