NORTH BENNINGTON -- The trustees of the Village of North Bennington have been notified that they have been awarded four grants totaling over $196,000, according to a press release.

Two of the grants, which are provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, are part of the Vermont Better Backroads Program. They are to be used "to support projects on municipal roads that improve water quality and result in maintenance savings," according to the release. In this case, they will be used to fund the replacement of four failing culverts and for the improvement of drainage along Park Street.

The other two grants are through the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. The intent of that program is to "improve access and safety for bicycles and/or pedestrians through the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects." The first of these grants will provide funds for a feasibility and preliminary design scooping study for the construction of sidewalks along the south side of Mechanics Street from the Prospect Street intersection to the North Bennington cemetery. The second will fund the final design and construction of sidewalks and green space along both sides of upper Main Street from Depot Street to the Village Line.

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