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Annually the Rutland Region Transportation Council is required to prioritize projects from VTrans’ Transportation projects in each of the program categories as follow:
• Paving
• Roadway
• Traffic Operations & Safety
• State Bridge
• Town Highway Bridge
• Park and Ride
• Bike & Pedestrian

Project prioritization is required by state legislation enacted in 2005 and 2006. The statute directs VTrans to develop a project prioritization approach that assigns a numeric score resulting in a priority rating for transportation projects. Per statute, the rating system must include “asset management-based factors which are objective and quantifiable” including:
• Safety
• Traffic volume
• Availability of alternate routes
• Future maintenance and reconstruction costs
• Priorities assigned by the regional planning commission or the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO)

The legislation also requires that VTrans consider the “functional importance of the highway or bridge to the economy as well as its importance to the social and cultural life of the surrounding communities.” In other words, get local input as part of the priority scoring.

Certain criteria specified by the legislature as follows:

• The impact of the project on congestion and mobility conditions in the region;
• The availability, accessibility and usability of alternative routes;
• The functional importance of the highway or bridge as a link in the local, regional or state economy; and
• The functional importance of the highway or bridge in the social and cultural life of the surrounding communities.
• Conformance to the local and regional plans;
• Local support for the project.

The Rutland TAC used the following criteria and weight to determine the priorities.

Criteria and Weight

Description

Measurable Components –

Maximum Points

Public Support & Conformance with Plans
15

Project has the support of the transportation stakeholders & the general public as a result of focusing on customer service & obtaining their early and ongoing involvement in the planning of the project. Project conforms to the local & regional plans

Local statement
Regional statement
Local opposition
Status of project

5
5
-5
5

Congestion
12

Project reduces congestion and /or improves mobility either by reducing demand for trips, shifting the demand to alternative modes, or implementing operational improvements.

Level of service
Travel time
Class of Road

4
4
4

Safety
20

Project enhances transportation safety by emphasizing the security & safety of the traveler or by addressing existing or potential hazardous or unsafe situations.

PDM Plan
High accident location
Hazardous conditions

5
5
10

Alternative Routes
3

Project addresses gaps in the transportation system & improves regional connections. The availability, accessibility & usability of alternative routes are considered. If no alternative route is available, the project receives points.

Consider travel time and carrying capacity of alternative routes-
yes or no

Yes=0
No =1-3

Preservation of System
20

Project maintains & preserves the existing transportation infrastructure in order to repair or replace inadequacies or to extend the useful life of a facility.

Sufficiency rating-

 

 

Functional Class

15- Good =0
Fair=5
Poor=10
Bad=15

5

Economic Impact
15

Project is of functional importance as a link in the local, regional or state economy.

Serves locally important employer/business
Truck route
Located in or connecting economic center(s)

5
5
5

 

Social and Cultural Importance
2

Project is of functional importance in the social and cultural life of communities

Historic structure
Connection to public area/village/town center

1
1