Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement Projects

first_imgGovernor Announces Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement ProjectsMontpelier, Vt. – Nearly $4 million dollars will be distributed among 40towns and sponsoring organizations for projects that improve localtransportation, expanded recreational opportunities and encourage andsupport economic development of Vermont’s historic downtowns and villagecenters, Governor Jim Douglas and Transportation Secretary Dawn Terrill hasannounced.Governor Douglas said these resources, from the 2005 transportationenhancement projects fund, help to preserve historic transportationbuildings and create visitor centers; construct sidewalks, bicyclepathways and bridges; and purchase scenic easements that enhance thestate’s travel and tourism industry. “These funds are a significantcontribution to our intermodal transportation system and help us tocontinue to strengthen our economy,” Governor Douglas added.”Since 1995, these grants have been a base for funding local and regionaltransportation development projects,” noted Secretary Terrill. “It is abroadly based grants program representing the best of Vermont forVermonters.”The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), passed byCongress in 1991, created the Transportation Enhancement Program offeringcommunities new funding opportunities to help expand local transportationchoices including safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic routes,beautification, and other investments that increase recreation opportunityand access.In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)reaffirmed the federal commitment to communities by increasing fundingsupport for enhancements. Applications for enhancement funding arereviewed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to affirmproject eligibility criteria, then are individually considered and awardedby a grant committee.VTrans staff also provides technical and limited project assistance togrant recipients. Most community projects are completed within two yearsof the grant award. Since 1995, 239 grant awards have been made toVermont communities totaling $30.5 million.The next round of grants will be available in April, 2005 when the Agencyprovides application booklets to municipalities, regional planningcommissions, and non-profit organizations.2005 grant awards are listed below.2005 ENHANCEMENTS APPLICATIONS FUNDEDTownSponsorActivity FundedGRANT SHARETOTAL PROJECT COSTSt. Albans CityCity of St. AlbansEngineering and Construction of Lower Welden Street Sidewalk & PedestrianBridge$103,000$131,970BartonBarton VillageSidewalk Feasibility Study for Barton Village$13,000$16,440BenningtonTown of BenningtonEngineering and Construction of West Main Street Sidewalks and HistoricLighting.$168,000$212,025BenningtonVillage of North BenningtonEngineering and Construction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping atthe Main Street/Bank Street Intersection$121,000$151,893ColchesterColchester Historical SocietyEngineering and Construction of the Colchester Log Schoolhouse Bike PathVisitors Center$147,000$183,500Hyde Park V.Village of Hyde ParkEngineering and Construction of Sidewalks in the Village of Hyde Park$87,000$210,000WallingfordWallingford Fire DistrictConstruction of Wallingford Village Sidewalks$128,000$160,000Middlebury & WeybridgeMiddlebury Area Land TrustEngineering and Construction of Sidewalks and Erosion ControlDemonstration Project at the Otter Creek Access Site$290,000$595,237ChelseaTown of ChelseaEngineering and Construction of Chelsea Connector Pedestrian Path$75,000$96,000BrightonTown of BrightonEngineering for Island Pond Sidewalks$90,000$123,000WillistonTown of WillistonEngineering for Route 2A Multi-Use Path (River Cove Road to EssexJunction)$130,000$162,000FairleeTown of FairleeEngineering and Construction of the Historic Fairlee Railroad StationVisitors’ Center$170,000$388,150Multi-TownConnecticut River Transit, Inc.Installation of Bike Racks on Public Transit Buses$10,000$15,123BrandonTown of BrandonEngineering and Construction of Maple and Union Street Sidewalks$155,000$193,210MiddleburyTown of MiddleburyEngineering and Construction of Court Square Historic Lighting$130,000$282,620RutlandTown of RutlandEngineering and Rehabilitation of the Twin Covered Bridge$30,000$77,000MorristownTown of MorristownEngineering and Construction of Wilkins Ravine Stormwater Mitigation$75,000$104,149NorthfieldVillage of NorthfieldPlanning for Depot Square Improvements$20,000$25,000LondonderryFriends of the West River Trail, Inc.Engineering and Construction of the Historic South Londonderry DepotVisitors’ Center$298,000$376,561ShelburneTown of ShelburnePlanning for the Harbor Road Shared-Use Path$20,000$25,000TroyTown of TroyPlanning for Troy Village Common Improvements$16,000$20,000South BurlingtonCity of South BurlingtonEngineering and Construction of San Remo Drive Sidewalks and Landscaping$265,000$438,930RockinghamTown of RockinghamDocumenting and Stabilizing the Historic Bellows Falls Canal$21,000$27,250WinhallTown of WinhallPlanning for Bondville Village Sidewalks Design$15,000$20,000VergennesCity of VergennesEngineering for Vergennes Upper Basin Pedestrian Improvements$12,000$15,000BristolBristol Friends of the ArtsEngineering and Construction of Howden Hall Visitor Center$80,000$251,305MiddlesexMiddlesex Conservation Comm.Planning for Middlesex Village Bike/Ped Improvements$16,000$20,000HartfordTown of HartfordEngineering and Construction of Railroad Row Improvements, Phase III$50,000$200,900WoodstockTown of WoodstockConstruction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping at the TaftsvilleGreen$50,000$62,752JohnsonVillage of JohnsonEngineering and Construction of Phase 1 of the Johnson Village Main StreetProject$294,000$367,254ThetfordTown of ThetfordPlanning for Thetford Village Bike/Ped Improvements$25,000$33,000HartlandTown of HartlandEngineering for Hartland Village Bike/Ped Improvements$45,000$75,018HinesburgTown of HinesburgEngineering and Construction of Hinesburg Village Pedestrian Improvements- Phase III (near Town Hall)$79,000$98,450AlburgTown of AlburgPlanning for Alburg Village Streetscape Improvements$16,000$20,000Barre CityCity of BarreConstruction of a New Sidewalk and Restored Historic Gazebo in City HallPark$100,000$343,400BurlingtonCity of BurlingtonEngineering and Construction of the Battery Street Shared-Use Path$200,000$250,000LyndonTown of LyndonEngineering and Construction of the Passumpsic River Pedestrian Bridge$114,000$145,740BrightonBrighton Community Forum, Inc.Engineering and Construction of an Island Pond Welcome Center$150,000$385,810BenningtonVT Housing and Conservation BoardRestoration of Historic Farmhouse and Provide Visitor Information$100,000$338,448StatewideVermont Bicycle & Pedestrian CoalitionBike/Ped Safety Education Programs$60,000$140,677TOTALS:$3,968,000$6,782,812###last_img read more