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Crossroad of Vermont Byway eligible for national funding

KILLINGTON - Vermont Agency of Transportation byways program recently endorsed a new project for long-term beautification projects in Killington, paving the way for federal funds to support the endeavor.

In 2010 and 2011, the Town of Killington's Office of Economic Development & Tourism in conjunction with a coalition of nine towns along Routes 4 and 100 to have both routes successfully designated at National Scenic Byways - a designation that brings with it the ability to have sustainable, regional projects nationally funded by up to 80 percent.

In the past 20 years, more than $8 million in federal funds have been granted to Vermont's now eight National Scenic Byways.

Route 4's Crossroad of Vermont byway - which passes from Rutland to White River Junction and through the heart of Killington - was recently ranked in the top three applications by the State of Vermont as worthy of national funding for its Trail Sign & Guidance Initiative.

"Our goal for this project is to raise awareness of the Byway program and encourage visitors to seek more information about the intrinsic qualities and history of the route," says Suzie Dundas, Crossroad of Vermont Byway Steering Committee Coordinator. "The high ranking of this project on behalf of our nine towns by the State leaves us hopeful that the national reviewers will also recognize the traditional past and enthusiastic future of Vermont reflected in our Byway's 50-mile stretch."

In addition to creating the Trail Sign and Guidance Initiative, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway Towns of West Rutland, Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Killington, Bridgewater, Woodstock, Hartland and Hartford are hard at work ensuring that the Byways designation leads to long-term economic growth and tourism.

The Byway Steering Committee also plans to develop itineraries along the route and further projects in the coming months and years to further the national byway goals of community preservation, increased tourism, and awareness and education throughout the State.

Final announcements of national funding for projects are expected to be made in early May of 2012. Any individual or business that wishes to submit a letter of support for the Trail Sign & Guidance Initiative should contact the Killington Town Office, or chambers of any of the Crossroad of Vermont Byway Towns.

Tagged: Vermont Agencey of Transportation, VTrans, byways program, National Scenic Byways