Gov. Dannel Malloyâ€™s administration indefinitely halted work on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects across the state, many of which were local, due to the stateâ€™s depleting transportation fund.
â€śIf Connecticut does not take the necessary action to allow us to restart these vital projects, not only will it put the stateâ€™s infrastructure into a further state of disrepair, it will hurt our economy,â€ť Gov. Malloy said in a recent press release from the state.
â€śIf we want to compete in the 21st century economy, we need a transportation system that works for people and businesses, and we need to invest in transit-oriented development to build the communities where people and businesses want to be,â€ť Malloy continued. â€śI want to be very clear â€“ this is preventable, but it requires immediate action. The legislature must act this year to avoid potentially devastating setbacks to our transportation system.â€ť
The Connecticut Department of Transportation released a list of transportation infrastructure projects totaling $4.3 billion that have been indefinitely postponed until new revenue is appropriated for the Special Transportation Fund, according to the release.
The STF was expected to be in deficit by fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, 2018, and the governor will release recommendations to ensure the solvency of the STF before the 2018 legislative session, the release stated.
Local projects that were indefinitely postponed in Bristol, New Britain, Plymouth, Southington and Berlin, were slated to being in federal fiscal year 2019, which starts Oct. 1, 2018, according to a list from the CTDOT.
The following local bridge projects have been halted:
Bristol, Memorial Boulevard going over the Pequabuck River, expected to cost $1,383,953.79.
New Britain, Elbridge Road going over Shultz Pond Brook, expected to cost $389,380.65.
Plymouth, East Orchard Street going over an unnamed brook, expected to cost $222,241.80; Keegan Road going over Todd Hollow Brook, expected to cost $282,787.70, and North Main Street going over the Poland River, expected to cost $619,668.68.
Southington, Marion Avenue going over Falls Brook, expected to cost $645,625, and Marion Avenue going over an unnamed stream, expected to cost $461,750.
Berlin, Spruce Brook Road going over Spruce Brook, expected to cost $578,886.30, and Burnham Street going over the Mattabesset River, expected to cost $1,077,442.35.
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