The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), headed by Transportation Secretary Neale Lunderville, expects to advertise 71 projects during calendar 2007, as indicated in the agency's Anticipated Advertising Schedule.
Bridge construction and repair is strongly emphasized in the 2007 program of the agency, which is charged with the preservation, development and enhancement of the state's transportation system. Vermont has approximately 14,000 miles of roadway, 320 miles of interstate, over 2,370 miles of toll-free state highways and 11,210 miles of municipal roads, and there are some 2,680 highway bridges over 20 feet in length on this system.
Many of the state's bridges are approaching their designed lifespan of approximately 80 years, and nearly 40 percent of them are VTrans' responsibility. In line with this, the agency is boosting the number of projects related to bridge work, with 30 of them scheduled over the next 12 months.
Paving work is the number two category of projects slated for 2007. Twenty-three are included in the advertising schedule.
The agency's advertising schedule reflects the anticipated increase in federal funds for transportation construction. Federal legislation (SAFETEA-LU) passed in August 2005 makes Vermont second in the nation in the amount of federal funding it will receive in proportion to the federal payments it makes. SAFETEA-LU boosts the state's funding by the Federal Highway Administration by more than $60 million per year through 2009.
VTrans does not post precise estimated costs for each job, using instead an alphabetical code for estimated cost ranges, with an "A" designation representing an estimated cost under $250,000, and "G," the highest designation, standing for a cost greater than $10 million.
This year's list contains two "G" jobs — roadway jobs in Hartford and St. Albans, while three "F" projects, with estimated costs running between $5 million and $10 million, are listed. Two of these are bridge jobs — in Guilford and Berlin.
At the lower end of the estimated cost scale, only five projects are counted as "A" jobs with under $250,000 costs.
While it is not possible to compute an exact total estimated cost for the 71 projects due to VTrans' method of listing, using the minimum and maximum values for each designation for calculation produces an approximate sum of between $96 million and $160 million for 2007.
|Less than $250,000||A|
|$250,000 – $500,000||B|
|$500,000 – $1,000,000||C|
|$1,000,000 – $2,500,000||D|
|$2,500,000 – $5,000,000||E|
|$5,000,000 – $10,000,000||F|
|January 24||Danville/Danville St.-Johnsbury||Paving||E|
|February 21||St. Johnsbury-Lyndon||Roadway||C|
|March 7||New Haven-Weybridge||Bridge||C|
|April 18||Rutland Town||Bridge||D|
|May 9||St. Albans||Roadway||G|
|June 13||Enosburg||Park & Ride||B|
|August 1||Hartford||Rest Area||E|
|August 15||Pittsford||Rail Bridge||C|
|October 24||East Montpelier||Bridge||D|
|December 5||Richmond-So. Burlington||Paving||E|
|December 5||So. Burlington-Colchester||Paving||E|
|December 5||St. George-S. Burlington||Paving||D|
|February 6||East Montpelier||Bridge||C|