The Rutland Region, with its central urban area surrounded by more rural towns, is home to a clearly defined and functioning road hierarchy. A trio of major arterial routes routes (US 7, US 4, and Vermont 103) are included on the National Highway System for transportation within and to the Region. These routes carry relatively high traffic volumes and a high number of trucks. The importance of US 4 and US 7 in the network is reinforced by their crossing in Rutland City and their role as principal transportation routes for the central and western corridors of the State, respectively. Conditions on US 4 & 7 have the most potential impact on traffic flow and safety and consequently, are of major concern. Vermont 103 connects the Region to southeastern Vermont and beyond, but carries a much lower volume of traffic than others in its functional class. A web of collector roads supplement the three arterials, providing through traffic and local accessibility by linking local roads to US 4 & 7, and VT 103. These include Vermont routes 3, 4A, 22A, 30, 31, 73, 100, 133, 140, 149 and 155. Most serve moderate traffic volumes traveling at moderate speeds between towns and communities, often passing through areas of concentrated development. Local roads, which provide access to adjoining properties, tend to serve those traveling shorter distances at lower speeds. These roads are important at the community level. Vermont law provides for permit- free travel on a statewide network for trucks that are no longer than 72 feet. Routes in the Rutland Region on this network include US4 from the New York state line to VT 100 south west of Bridgewater, US 7, VT 22A between US 4 and US 7, and VT 103. US 4 east of Bridgewater to I-89 requires a permit for trucks 68 to 72-feet long.
A large number of state and local bridges in the Rutland Region are in need of repair. Of the Region's 263 bridges with spans of 20 feet or more (120 local bridges and 143 state bridges), 13 (7 local and 6 state bridges) are ranked in the top 100 on the State's repair priority system. Another 21 (17 local and 4 state bridges) have already been listed on the state improvement program. Like roads, bridges are evaluated according to their structural integrity and their functional significance to the roadway network. VTrans has bridge inspection teams, which are charged with inspection of all state and local bridges on a two year cycle. The sufficiency rating for bridges incorporates structural adequacy and safety, serviceability and functional obsolescence and essentiality for public use. A total of 79 bridges have sufficiency ratings of 70 or below, which makes them eligible for rehabilitation. The 2004- 2006 State Transportation Improvement Program lists three bridges in the Region — one in Mendon and two in Clarendon — scheduled for rehabilitation work in the near future. The Region also has a number of covered bridges, located in Brandon, Clarendon, Pittsford, Rutland Town and Shrewsbury. These are important cultural, economic, educational, aesthetic and historic resources. Most are owned by towns and continue to serve the transportation network.
Annually the Rutland Region Transportation Council is required to prioritize projects from VTrans’ Transportation projects and this input is included in their state-wide ranking of projects.
• Project Prioritization Informational Brochure
• Regional Transportation Plan - Chapter 22: Roads and Bridges