VERMONT OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Vermont faces significant challenges in improving our state’s aging infrastructure. About one-quarter of Vermont’s state highway bridges are over 70 years old, and the state spent $463 million on infrastructure in FY11, including roadways (32%), Interstate and State bridges (21%). Tropical Storm Irene devastated infrastructure in many parts of the state, damaging over 500 miles of roads and destroying dozens of bridges. With the help of our federal partners, almost all of that damage has been repaired and strengthened to withstand future weather challenges.
- There are more than 1,200 dams in Vermont, and many no longer serve a useful purpose and create safety hazards.
- A third of all housing in Vermont was built before 1950, and like other states, affordable housing remains a challenge.
- In addition to Vermont’s hospitals, there were 54 federally-supported Health Centers in 2010. They served 112,000 patients, mostly low-income and rural.
- Through Connect VT, the Shumlin administration is committed to ensuring statewide broadband and wireless access by the end of2013, and expanded cell phone service.
About Governor Peter Shumlin
“As Governor, Peter is determined to get tough things done. Since his inauguration, he has been working hard to create jobs for those who need them and raise incomes for those who have jobs, control skyrocketing health care costs, expand broadband and cell service to every corner of the state, reduce recidivism, invest in quality education opportunities, and rebuild our roads and bridges.”