On January 18, 2018, a joint public hearing was held in Montpelier by the Senate and House Transportation Committees of the Vermont State Legislature.
The state legislators received a presentation from the Vermont Agency of Transportation by Chief Engineer Wayne Symonds and Rail and Aviation Division Bureau Director Daniel Delabruere. The committees heard details on the project’s scope, status, timeline, costs, rail detour and extended work windows.
Middlebury’s Selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter and Community Liaison Jim Gish made a presentation to the Legislative Committee about efforts that have been made to engage the Middlebury community, especially downtown businesses, in the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project. They noted positive results from a community survey on the installation of two temporary bridges in the summer of 2017.
Four other individuals testified at the hearing – two Middlebury residents, Addison County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Adam Lougee and VTrans Secretary Joe Flynn. Two local business representatives also sent in written testimony to be reviewed by the legislative committees.
The hearing lasted about two hours. This website’s Documents Library has a copy of all project reports and presentations.