MIDDLESEX (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont is embarking on its largest paving effort in the state's history, following a tough winter.

He says the state will be improving 375 miles of pavement on roadways around Vermont, thanks in part to a federal allocation following Tropical Storm Irene. Sen. Bernie Sanders included a provision in the 2012 highway bill that will bring an additional $9 million to the state. Sanders said Friday that the highway disaster rules were changed so states that suffer extreme disasters like Irene are reimbursed for damage at 90 percent, rather than 80 percent.

Vermont, on average, spends $20.6 million on winter maintenance and uses $87,500 tons of salt. This past winter, those numbers rose to $28.5 million for winter maintenance and 131,700 tons of salt.