MONTPELIER-The first road surface repair project under Operation Smooth Ride, the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s $3 million supplemental spring paving program, will commence on Wednesday, May 14.Paving crews on Wednesday will be in Colchester to repair 2.4 miles of Route 2A, a heavily-traveled roadway in Chittenden County that received significant damage as a result of last winter’s severe weather conditions.”The asphalt plants are up and running, and we are excited to get Operation Smooth Ride underway,” said Agency of Transportation Secretary Neale Lunderville. “Damaged roadways all around the state will be receiving treatment over the next few weeks.”Governor Jim Douglas in March instructed VTrans to develop a special $3 million program that will improve the condition of selected state and Class 1 town highways that incurred some of the worst damage caused by this year’s extreme winter. The Legislature endorsed the Governor’s proposal.As part of Operation Smooth Ride, the Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will rejuvenate nearly 80 miles of roadway in 25 towns this spring.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 Agency’s nine maintenance districts to identify roadway segments where the application of new blacktop will last several years.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. Information about Operation Smooth Ride and VTrans paving program can also be found by visiting the Agency’s website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external).