Gov. Ned Lamont has promised to make transportation improvements a priority in his proposed state budget, declaring that “this is personal.”
“Annie and I went over the Mianus River Bridge down in Greenwich a few hours before it collapsed a generation ago. So I know,” Lamont said in his speech outlining his spending strategy for the next two years. “If the thinking had been, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ then that thinking needs to change.”
With a proposed “highway use tax” on heavy-weight vehicles like tractor trailer trucks, Lamont says Connecticut can collect enough revenue from long-haul truckers who pass through the state to finance more than $1 billion in transportation projects over the next five years.
This will “address safety, traffic congestion, and modernization of our transportation system” the Lamont administration says.
Here are some of the big ticket items across Connecticut:
Improvements along I-95 to address specific safety concerns and congestion bottlenecks
- 1 Improvements along I-95 to address specific safety concerns and congestion bottlenecks
- 2 The completion of the Route 7/15 interchange in Norwalk
- 3 More train service on the Waterbury line
- 4 Substantial cuts in support for New Haven Line and Shore Line East
- 5 Improvement to the I-691 / Rt. 15 Interchange
- 6 Waterbury and Danbury congestion mitigation projects
- 7 Traffic Signal Removal on Rt. 9
- 8 Late night bus service in greater New Haven until 1 a.m.
- 9 Expanded electric bus conversion program
- 10 Stamford Transportation Center modernization
- 11 Purchase of new dual power locomotives
- 12 Highway bridge maintenance
- 13 Railroad bridge reconstruction and station Improvements in Westport
- 14 Improved pedestrian crossings and sidewalks
- 15 Removing dying, dead and damaged trees along highways