The energy developer advocates a “Vermont way” of doing rail for less money, using refurbished secondhand equipment.
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Planners want to use an available $4 million in ways they say would more effectively address water pollution. An environmental group calls that a misuse of the funds.
The state Agency of Transportation pegs March 13 as the day when northbound traffic will begin traveling over a new, long-delayed I-91 bridge.
Lawmakers are renewing a push for reopening of the Vilas Bridge in Bellows Falls. They say New Hampshire, which owns most of it, has demonstrated “wanton neglect.”
Transportation officials call the substance a key tool in keeping roads safe and say it isn’t harmful. Critics blame it for corrosion on cars and want it banned.
“The continuity of having the bridge here is important for our historic past,” said the president of the Charlotte Historical Society. The restoration, funded largely with federal money, was celebrated Sunday.
A member of the nonprofit group overseeing the facility worried the closure might hurt attempts to attract a private operator again. A transportation official said planned upgrades should help that effort.
The decision to lower the rail bed has been a point of contention.
Computer simulations using maps and data determine potential problems for different communities. The hope is to improve flood-hazard mitigation.
A new, state-supported bus service linking the Bennington-Manchester area with the Amtrak rail station in Rensselaer, New York, is slated to come online in 2017. In Rensselaer, riders can make connections to travel south, north and west, and into Albany.
Most of downtown would be inaccessible by car during one summer while the state replaces two spans with a railroad tunnel. A lawyer for opponents argues the state has ignored alternatives.
As a contractor prepares to join two sections of a new Interstate 91 bridge in Brattleboro, state officials say they’ve also resolved their differences with the company and will save nearly $1.4 million as a result.
The group has a two-year agreement to operate the state airport. Plans include attracting more events and group activities and building revenue from services.
The Vermont Transportation Board is seeking public input on the future of rail transport in the state. Ridership has increased, and the state is hoping to continue that trend.