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Connecticut injects $1.1 billion into transportation projects

October 10, 2023

Connecticut has dedicated $1.1 billion in state bonds to support upgrades and improvements to road, bridge and public transit infrastructure. More than $666 million will go toward public transportation improvements. The remaining funds will be used to maintain and improve roads and bridges.

The Northeast Corridor (NEC) Match Program will receive $398.1 million for 13 projects to upgrade outdated passenger rail infrastructure, add rail capacity and replace aging bridges and tunnels. The program will be matched with up to $2.1 billion in federal funding.

Fix-it-First Bridge Repair will receive $98 million to rehabilitate, reconstruct, repair or replace state highway system bridges. There will be $40 million in matching federal funds to replace an Interstate 91 bridge in Middletown and five Route 72 bridges in New Britain and Plainville.

The I-91, Interstate 691 and Route 15 Interchange in Meriden will receive 31.7 million for reconstruction and realignment for improved safety and decreased congestion. An additional $223 million in matching federal funds will be included.

The New Haven Union Station will receive $15 million to design a new multimodal hub, parking structure, rental car facility, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and avenue realignment to improve traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Other notable projects funded include:

  • $12.9 million for local capital improvement projects to address regional transportation priorities.
  • $12.4 million for implementing wrong-way driver detection systems at 70 locations.
  • $12 million for additional community grant awards for improving safety in urban, suburban and rural community centers.
  • $10 million in grants for rural and small-town infrastructure improvements.
  • $9 million for the demolition of Stamford Station Parking Garage in anticipation of future TOD projects.

The funding will unlock an additional $2.5 billion in Investing in America (IIA) funding for 63 separate infrastructure projects announced earlier this year. The majority will be used to improve roads, bridges and roadway safety. The remaining $96 million will provide better clean water accessibility across the state. Notable projects that were awarded funding include:

  • The Gold Star Memorial Bridge was awarded $158 million for structural repairs, increased load capacity, elimination of load restrictions for overweight vehicles and a multi-use path for bikes and pedestrians.
  • The Bradley International Airport was awarded $25 million for a terminal expansion project, including a new in-line checked baggage system and control room, expanded passenger hold rooms, new airline gate space and passenger and baggage movement improvements.
  • The Bridgeport Port Authority was awarded $10.5 million to construct an Operations and Maintenance Wind Port, including harbor dredging, bulkhead installation, a floating service dock and pads for cranes.
  • Four school districts were awarded $8.8 million to purchase 28 zero-emission buses.

Linda Lasiewicki

Linda Lasiewicki joins the SPI team as a reporter for Government Market News. In addition to her various writing responsibilities, Linda also has an extensive background in business development, marketing, and sales. Leveraging her business knowledge and marketing skills, She has been a successful news reporter and content writer for more than a decade.

Linda graduated with a double major in Marketing and English from King’s College. She credits her success in writing to her strong research skills and desire to deliver engaging and compelling content.

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