- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont will spend $616 million in the coming fiscal year on transportation projects ranging from paving and rail improvements to 34 new highway bridges to be built this year.

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined legislative leaders and other officials for a bill-signing ceremony at the construction site of a new town bridge in Colchester.

State officials say the bridge work will continue a trend that has seen the number of structurally deficient bridges in Vermont cut by more than in half since 2009.

The bill also calls for the state Agency of Transportation to do more to help improve the quality of the state’s waters. It includes $1.2 million for municipal stormwater investments, increased stormwater management on the state road system, and sets aside money to help towns manage dirt roads.

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