- Associated Press - Monday, December 10, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says the state has been awarded a $20 million federal grant to rehabilitate 31 rail bridges between Rutland and Hoosick, New York, improving access to freight service.

The Republican governor says modernizing the corridor will provide cost-competitive rates for Vermont shippers.

Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn says in addition to the economic benefits, the upgrades will reduce truck traffic along U.S. Route 7 and adjacent highways. He says the improvements will also allow passenger rail between cities to be expanded.

The entire project is expected to cost $31 million. The state and Vermont Rail Systems will invest $11 million.

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