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SOUTH BURLINGTON Get ready for a summer of monster traffic delays around the region. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will rejuvenate nearly 80 miles of roadway during a supplemental paving program that will take place this spring. Gov. Jim Douglas instructed VTrans to develop a special $3 million program that will improve the condition of selected state and class one town highways that incurred some of the worst damage caused by this years extreme winter. Legislative leaders endorsed the governors proposal. VTrans Secretary Neale Lunderville announced today that 79 miles of road surface in 25 towns will receive treatment as part of Operation Smooth Ride. Our pavement crews literally traveled the entire state to identify where this work will be done, Lunderville said. The record breaking winter ravaged pavement from Enosburg to Brattleboro, so we want to make sure we improve roadways in every corner of the state. Operation Smooth Ride is not a replacement program for VTrans normal roadway maintenance efforts. Road crews will conduct additional roadway patching and leveling throughout the spring and summer at locations that have yet to be determined. In choosing the locations that have been identified for repair, VTrans pavement engineers collaborated with the Agencys nine maintenance districts to identify roadway segments where the application of new blacktop will last several years into the future. Getting years of life out of these treatments is important, said VTrans Secretary Neale Lunderville. We don't want to lay new pavement over poor roadway segments that in a years time will break up so it looks like nothing was done. We asked our crews to identify road segments that not only are in disrepair, but whose underlying condition is still in good enough shape to serve as a strong base for the new blacktop. In addition to road maintenance activity, VTrans in 2008 also will pave and preserve 270 miles of roadway as part of the Agency's routine annual paving program. Road segments that will be paved or receive preventative treatment as part of this year's $59 million program are listed below, as is a list of the 79 miles of roadway that will be treated under Operation Smooth Ride. Information about Operation Smooth Ride and VTrans paving program can also be found by visiting the Agencys website at http://www.aot.state.vt.us. Local asphalt plants have yet to open for the season, so the ability for us to begin paving is still a few weeks away. Lunderville said. But by identifying now the work that will be done, we will be prepared to begin the work as quickly as possible.

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