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Mayor’s plan calls for $151M to improve Burlington infrastructure

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 4:49 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The city of Burlington on Monday unveiled its $151 million plan to improve city infrastructure.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says due to many questions, he believes the vote should be postponed to the next the city council meeting.

Meanwhile, Weinberger says the city needs $40 million in bonds for different projects. Those projects include improving streets and bridges, making upgrades to city buildings, and upgrades to the fleet of fire trucks, snowplows and sidewalk tractors.

He adds that after the pandemic, the city is already behind on projects by a year and has some catching up to do.

“We had planned to go for the next round of infrastructure investment in 2020. The pandemic made it impossible to do that. As a result, we have really had to patch together our investments for this current year,” said Weinberger, D-Burlington.

The mayor says federal funding has made it possible to make ends meet, however, if the city does not act now, it could hinder the 2022 construction season.

The proposal will be taken up again at the September 22nd City Council meeting.

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