We invest approximately 600 hours annually in project specific activities. The focus is towards assisting towns, nonprofit groups, and governmental agencies with getting projects implemented! Far from cherry picking jobs, these are projects identified and prioritized through the planning process.
Downtown/Village Private Investments
Regional Facility Implementation
Local Facilities and Implementation
TRORC have been involved with simultaneous efforts to establish two Vermont Scenic Byway Designations in the region. This designation offers travelers historic, cultural, scenic and recreational information and waypoint centers about the towns and villages along the Byway.
The Crossroad of Vermont Byway follows Route 4 westward across the state from the Connecticut River Valley through the Green Mountains to the Valley of Vermont. The Byway stretches across nine towns from Hartford to West Rutland. The Crossroads of Vermont Byway is a joint project of town representatives, Chambers of Commerce of Hartford, Woodstock, and Killington, the Office of Killington Economic Development and Tourism, local businesses, and the Rutland and Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commissions. The Corridor Management Plan was presented to the Vermont Scenery Preservation Council in January 2011 and to the Vermont Transportation Board in February 2011. The Crossroad of Vermont Byway has been designated as Vermont's 7th Scenic Byway.
The Scenic Route 100 Byway is a joint effort of town representatives from Pittsfield, Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow and Andover; Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Office of Killington Economic Development and Tourism, local businesses, and the Southern Windsor County and Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commissions. The Committee presented to the Vermont Scenery Preservation Council on March 24, 2011 and to the Vermont Transportation Board on April 13, 2011 at the Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center. The Scenic Route 100 Byway has been designated as Vermont's 8th Scenic Byway.
Extension to the Scenic Route 100 Byway being proposed
The Scenic Route 100 Byway Committee is completing the final touches on their application to expand the Vermont Byway to run from Granville to Stamford. The additional towns within the TRORC region looking to be part of the extension are; Granville, Hancock, Rochester and Stockbridge. To view a copy of the draft Corridor Management Plan Update, see below. The Vermont Scenery Preservation Council will hold a public hearing to consider expansion in March 2013.
The Connecticut River Byway is a two-state byway spanning the east and west shores of the Connecticut River in both Vermont (US5) and New Hampshire (Route 10). The Connecticut River Byway is also the only designated National Scenic Byway in Vermont. Special welcome mats are being rolled out in a string of towns that serve as "waypoint communities" along the 500-mile-long Connecticut River Byway as it follows the river in both New Hampshire and Vermont. These waypoint interpretive centers - or adapting historic buildings - to provide Byway travelers with amenitiesand informationabout dining, lodging, things to see and do, as well as the natural and social history of theirspecial place in the Connecticut River Valley.
Safe Routes to School is a national program encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school. Vermont Safe Routes to School seeks to make it easier for all Vermont children, including those with disabilities, to enjoy the outdoors and become more physically active by providing funding for infrastructure improvements, safety education, and enforcement of safety laws. In TRORC's region, Hartford, Norwich, Woodstock, and Thetford have participated in the Safe Routes to Schools program. In July 2011 VTrans launched a Safe Routes to School Resource (SRTS) Center to distribute non-infrastructure SRTS support to all interested schools. More information is available at http://saferoutes.vermont.gov/.
As part of our annual transportation project prioritization process, the RPCs are tasked with working with the TAC and Towns to examine our list of VTrans capital projects and rank them in order them based on our project criteria. VTrans decision making is based on engineering criteria and other technical factors making up 80% of the decision process and the RPCs’ input addressing economic development, historic resources, etc., makes up 20% of the final decision.