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NO. R-316.  Joint resolution requesting Congress to maximize to the greatest extent possible the federal funding for state transportation construction projects and grant the states the maximum degree of flexibility in prioritization of projects to be financed.


Offered by:  Representative Hube of Londonderry

Whereas, the transportation infrastructure of the state of Vermont was largely built in two phases:  initially in the 1920s–30s and then expanded in the 1950s–60s, and

Whereas, the maintenance costs of the state’s transportation infrastructure are easily obscured by the average 80‑year life cycles of transportation structures, and

Whereas, the state is just now approaching the first critical turning point in the life cycle of its mature transportation system in which significant portions of the original system are nearing the end of their useful lives and simultaneously, key portions of the expanded system are approaching the mid‑life point in their life cycles when major reconstruction work is called for, and

Whereas, the general assembly’s joint fiscal office has projected that the state of Vermont needs to be spending $153 million more each year than it is currently spending just to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure in a serviceable condition, and

Whereas, traditional transportation funding resources have lagged behind general cost inflation for years, and

Whereas, transportation system construction costs have surged in recent years, rising over 18 percent in 2005 according to the Federal Highway Administration, and

Whereas, the maintenance, modernization and expansion of the state’s transportation system is vital to the state’s future economic health, and

Whereas, the imbalance between available resources and future infrastructure maintenance costs is so large and historically unique it raises important issues of intergenerational equity, and

Whereas, many other states are in the same situation and face the same issues as Vermont, and

Whereas, the integrity of the states’ transportation infrastructure is vital to the security and the economic health of the nation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly requests Congress to maximize, to the greatest extent possible, the amount of funding that it appropriates for transportation  construction projects within the states and grant the states the maximum flexibility in their expenditure of federal transportation funds with respect to the building and construction of individual state projects, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont