While many Americans have come to wonder whether the nation has lost the ability to fix its ailing infrastructure or do big things, “they haven’t been to Vermont,” said Megan Smith, the state’s commissioner of tourism and marketing.
But Vermont had an economic imperative that the U.S. as a whole doesn't: Ski season. Without a well-functioning highway system running through the snow-covered Green Mountain State this winter, Vermont would lose millions in tourist dollars. State officials tell the Burlington Free Press that "Vermont’s roads will be plowed and sanded pretty much as usual this winter." Skiing wasn't the only consideration. The state made sure that 84 of the initially 118 closed roads were open a month after the storm, says The Times, so visitors could still check out its famous fall foliage.