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Environment Assessment is available for public review

On April 26 the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, released an Environmental Assessment of the effects of the proposed Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project. The Assessment contains information on the purpose and need for the project, the range of alternatives considered and an evaluation of the environmental consequences. It analyzes the potential environmental impact of each of the possible alternatives.
Topics included in an Environmental Assessment are:

  •  Impacts to threatened or endangered species, air and water quality
  •  Impacts to historic and cultural sites
  • Social and Economic impacts to local communities
  • Cost analysis for each alternative

The proposed project is partially funded by Federal Highway Administration through its Federal-aid Highway Program. As such, the Environmental Assessment was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

An information session and public hearing on the document was held on May 11, 2017 at the Town Hall Theater, Merchants Row, Middlebury. During the information session, about two dozen members of the public dropped in to talk one-on-one with the project team about the Assessment.

The public hearing began with a brief overview of the project presented by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide comments.

A copy of the Environmental Assessment will be available for review at the Ilsley Public Library at 75 Main Street, the Middlebury Town Manager’s Office, located at 77 Main Street and on this website.

Comments may be presented verbally at the public hearing, by letter (send to Kenneth R. Sikora, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Building, Suite 216, 87 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, or by mail (send to

Vermont Agency of Transportation
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05633-5001
(802) 828-2657


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