Vermont Transportation Sec. Neale Lunderville praised the Town of Middlebury and Middlebury College for working together to develop a creative way to finance an important local transportation project. The college announced that it will donate $18 million towards the cost of downtown transportation improvements, which include building a new bridge in downtown Middlebury that will span the Otter Creek from Cross Street to Main Street at its intersection with College Street. The town plans to bond for the remaining money needed to complete the project. I commend the town and college on their truly innovative approach to financing this local project, Lunderville said. The college and town were able to combine their resources to solve a mobility and safety issue that is important to them both. I applaud their collaboration. Although construction of the bridge and related transportation elements will be a local project and still subject to voter approval, Lunderville stressed that the agency of transportation stands at the ready to provide the town technical assistance, especially in the area of navigating the various state, federal and environmental permits that are often necessary to advance such a large-scale project.