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NO. R-92. JOINT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TO DESIGNATE A NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL TRADE CORRIDOR.

(J.R.H. 43)

Offered by: Representatives Peaslee of Guildhall, Aswad of Burlington, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Flaherty of South Burlington, Hummel of Underhill, McNamara of Burlington, Moore of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, Neiman of Georgia, Pembroke of Bennington and Wisell of Bristol.

Whereas, the northern New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine share a significant border with Canada; in particular, the Province of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces, and

Whereas, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was adopted in 1994, with the purpose of creating a more prosperous North American economy by more fully integrating the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico, and

Whereas, the three northern New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine share a unique trans-border heritage with the adjoining Canadian provinces by way of U.S. Route 2, from Alburg, Vermont through New Hampshire to the intersection of I-95 in Newport, Maine, continuing to Bangor on I-95 to I-395 in Brewer, and from Brewer on Route 9 to the United States-Canadian border at Calais, and

Whereas, this international trade corridor serves as a major lifeline for the movement of commerce and persons across Northern New England and Canada, including the Maritime Provinces, and

Whereas, the United States Department of Transportation recently recognized the very special significance of U.S. Route 2 as a primary transportation link when the highway was designated as part of the newly established National Highway System, and

Whereas, U.S. Route 2 and the connecting highways to Calais, Maine serve as a major gateway and connector for northern New England to the entire nation, and

Whereas, the future economic vitality of northern New England, and in particular its trading relationship with Canada, is extremely dependent on the ability of the international trade corridor from Alburg, Vermont to Calais, Maine to adequately serve the region's increasing transportation needs, and

Whereas, improving this international trade corridor by making it safer and more efficient will enable Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to more fully facilitate and realize their vital role in fulfilling the promise of NAFTA, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly, in concert with the legislatures of New Hampshire and Maine, most respectfully urges the United States Secretary of Transportation, Rodney E. Slater, to designate the highway corridor from Alburg, Vermont to Calais, Maine as an international trade corridor and as being eligible for Corridor Planning and Development funds under the provisions of TEA-21 Sections 1118 and 1119, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary grant priority status to the development of this international trade corridor because of its centrality to the region's domestic and international commerce, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the United States Secretary of Transportation, Rodney E. Slater, and to the governors and members of the Congressional Delegations of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.