- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration on Wednesday announced more than $2 million in federal funds for alternative transportation improvements across Vermont.

Projects include sidewalk improvements, repairing the roof of the North Bennington train depot and scoping funds for proposed projects in Wilmington, Burke, Springfield, Hartford, Fair Haven and Killington.

“Modern, safe, and accessible transportation networks support jobs, economic development and healthy, vibrant communities,” Shumlin said. “These projects make walking and riding an even better way to go.”

The bulk of funding will go toward projects in Putney, St. Albans, Williston, Hyde Park, Cabot, Rutland City, Springfield, Montpelier, Readsboro and North Bennington. The improvements include more than 14,000 feet of sidewalks with crosswalks, flashing beacons and curb ramps.

The funding comes through the Transportation Alternative Program, an initiative designed to fund pedestrian and bike projects along with infrastructure development for non-drivers.

“The Transportation Alternatives Program can provide the final piece of the puzzle that transforms a downtown or connects an important community resource,” Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles said.

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