Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement Projects

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Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement Projects

Mon, 12/13/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Announces Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement Projects
Montpelier, Vt. - Nearly $4 million dollars will be distributed among 40
towns and sponsoring organizations for projects that improve local
transportation, expanded recreational opportunities and encourage and
support economic development of Vermont's historic downtowns and village
centers, Governor Jim Douglas and Transportation Secretary Dawn Terrill has
announced.
Governor Douglas said these resources, from the 2005 transportation
enhancement projects fund, help to preserve historic transportation
buildings and create visitor centers; construct sidewalks, bicycle
pathways and bridges; and purchase scenic easements that enhance the
state's travel and tourism industry. "These funds are a significant
contribution to our intermodal transportation system and help us to
continue to strengthen our economy," Governor Douglas added.
"Since 1995, these grants have been a base for funding local and regional
transportation development projects," noted Secretary Terrill. "It is a
broadly based grants program representing the best of Vermont for
Vermonters."
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), passed by
Congress in 1991, created the Transportation Enhancement Program offering
communities new funding opportunities to help expand local transportation
choices including safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic routes,
beautification, and other investments that increase recreation opportunity
and access.
In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)
reaffirmed the federal commitment to communities by increasing funding
support for enhancements. Applications for enhancement funding are
reviewed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to affirm
project eligibility criteria, then are individually considered and awarded
by a grant committee.
VTrans staff also provides technical and limited project assistance to
grant recipients. Most community projects are completed within two years
of the grant award. Since 1995, 239 grant awards have been made to
Vermont communities totaling $30.5 million.
The next round of grants will be available in April, 2005 when the Agency
provides application booklets to municipalities, regional planning
commissions, and non-profit organizations.
2005 grant awards are listed below.
2005 ENHANCEMENTS APPLICATIONS FUNDED
Town
Sponsor
Activity Funded
GRANT SHARE
TOTAL PROJECT COST
St. Albans City
City of St. Albans
Engineering and Construction of Lower Welden Street Sidewalk & Pedestrian
Bridge
$103,000
$131,970
Barton
Barton Village
Sidewalk Feasibility Study for Barton Village
$13,000
$16,440
Bennington
Town of Bennington
Engineering and Construction of West Main Street Sidewalks and Historic
Lighting.
$168,000
$212,025
Bennington
Village of North Bennington
Engineering and Construction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping at
the Main Street/Bank Street Intersection
$121,000
$151,893
Colchester
Colchester Historical Society
Engineering and Construction of the Colchester Log Schoolhouse Bike Path
Visitors Center
$147,000
$183,500
Hyde Park V.
Village of Hyde Park
Engineering and Construction of Sidewalks in the Village of Hyde Park
$87,000
$210,000
Wallingford
Wallingford Fire District
Construction of Wallingford Village Sidewalks
$128,000
$160,000
Middlebury & Weybridge
Middlebury Area Land Trust
Engineering and Construction of Sidewalks and Erosion Control
Demonstration Project at the Otter Creek Access Site
$290,000
$595,237
Chelsea

Town of Chelsea
Engineering and Construction of Chelsea Connector Pedestrian Path
$75,000
$96,000
Brighton
Town of Brighton
Engineering for Island Pond Sidewalks
$90,000
$123,000
Williston
Town of Williston
Engineering for Route 2A Multi-Use Path (River Cove Road to Essex
Junction)
$130,000
$162,000
Fairlee
Town of Fairlee
Engineering and Construction of the Historic Fairlee Railroad Station
Visitors' Center
$170,000
$388,150
Multi-Town
Connecticut River Transit, Inc.
Installation of Bike Racks on Public Transit Buses
$10,000
$15,123
Brandon
Town of Brandon
Engineering and Construction of Maple and Union Street Sidewalks
$155,000
$193,210
Middlebury
Town of Middlebury
Engineering and Construction of Court Square Historic Lighting
$130,000
$282,620
Rutland
Town of Rutland
Engineering and Rehabilitation of the Twin Covered Bridge
$30,000
$77,000
Morristown
Town of Morristown
Engineering and Construction of Wilkins Ravine Stormwater Mitigation
$75,000
$104,149
Northfield
Village of Northfield
Planning for Depot Square Improvements
$20,000
$25,000
Londonderry
Friends of the West River Trail, Inc.
Engineering and Construction of the Historic South Londonderry Depot
Visitors' Center
$298,000
$376,561
Shelburne
Town of Shelburne
Planning for the Harbor Road Shared-Use Path
$20,000
$25,000
Troy
Town of Troy
Planning for Troy Village Common Improvements
$16,000
$20,000
South Burlington
City of South Burlington
Engineering and Construction of San Remo Drive Sidewalks and Landscaping
$265,000
$438,930
Rockingham
Town of Rockingham
Documenting and Stabilizing the Historic Bellows Falls Canal
$21,000
$27,250
Winhall
Town of Winhall
Planning for Bondville Village Sidewalks Design
$15,000
$20,000
Vergennes
City of Vergennes
Engineering for Vergennes Upper Basin Pedestrian Improvements
$12,000
$15,000
Bristol
Bristol Friends of the Arts
Engineering and Construction of Howden Hall Visitor Center
$80,000
$251,305
Middlesex
Middlesex Conservation Comm.
Planning for Middlesex Village Bike/Ped Improvements
$16,000
$20,000
Hartford
Town of Hartford
Engineering and Construction of Railroad Row Improvements, Phase III
$50,000
$200,900
Woodstock
Town of Woodstock
Construction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping at the Taftsville
Green
$50,000
$62,752
Johnson
Village of Johnson
Engineering and Construction of Phase 1 of the Johnson Village Main Street
Project
$294,000
$367,254
Thetford
Town of Thetford
Planning for Thetford Village Bike/Ped Improvements
$25,000
$33,000
Hartland
Town of Hartland
Engineering for Hartland Village Bike/Ped Improvements
$45,000
$75,018
Hinesburg
Town of Hinesburg
Engineering and Construction of Hinesburg Village Pedestrian Improvements
- Phase III (near Town Hall)
$79,000
$98,450
Alburg
Town of Alburg
Planning for Alburg Village Streetscape Improvements
$16,000
$20,000
Barre City
City of Barre
Construction of a New Sidewalk and Restored Historic Gazebo in City Hall
Park
$100,000
$343,400
Burlington
City of Burlington
Engineering and Construction of the Battery Street Shared-Use Path
$200,000
$250,000
Lyndon
Town of Lyndon
Engineering and Construction of the Passumpsic River Pedestrian Bridge
$114,000
$145,740
Brighton
Brighton Community Forum, Inc.
Engineering and Construction of an Island Pond Welcome Center
$150,000
$385,810
Bennington
VT Housing and Conservation Board
Restoration of Historic Farmhouse and Provide Visitor Information
$100,000
$338,448
Statewide
Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition
Bike/Ped Safety Education Programs
$60,000
$140,677
TOTALS:
$3,968,000
$6,782,812
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