June 17, 2021

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What are Gov. Lamont’s transportation priorities for Connecticut? Here’s the list.

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:

Cars and trucks travel I95 in Stamford along one of seven “choke points” in Connecticut identified in a national report revealing 100 of the worst traffic points in the country. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

The completion of the Route 7/15 interchange in Norwalk

Traffic converges on I95 in Norwalk.

Traffic converges on I95 in Norwalk. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

More train service on the Waterbury line

A Metro-North train at the Naugatuck station of the Waterbury branch.

A Metro-North train at the Naugatuck station of the Waterbury branch.

Substantial cuts in support for New Haven Line and Shore Line East

Gov. Lamont is proposing cutting support for the New Haven Line by $36 million and $5 million for the Shore Line East line in each of the next two years due to declining ridership.

Gov. Lamont is proposing cutting support for the New Haven Line by $36 million and $5 million for the Shore Line East line in each of the next two years due to declining ridership. (BOB MACDONNELL / Hartford Courant)

Improvement to the I-691 / Rt. 15 Interchange

I-691 in Meriden.

I-691 in Meriden. (Ronald DeRosa / Hartford Courant)

Waterbury and Danbury congestion mitigation projects

Looking north at the intersection of Rt 8 and I-84 during rush hour.

Looking north at the intersection of Rt 8 and I-84 during rush hour. (John Woike / Hartford Courant)

Gov. Lamont has proposed a $3 million cut in express bus service for next year.

Gov. Lamont has proposed a $3 million cut in express bus service for next year. (MICHAEL McANDREWS / Hartford Courant)

Traffic Signal Removal on Rt. 9

Traffic flows quickly through the intersection of Route 9 and Exit 16 to the Arrigoni Bridge.

Traffic flows quickly through the intersection of Route 9 and Exit 16 to the Arrigoni Bridge. (John Woike / Hartford Courant)

Late night bus service in greater New Haven until 1 a.m.

Connecticut Transit service would be expanded until 1 a.m. to provide transportation for essential workers in the greater New Haven area.

Connecticut Transit service would be expanded until 1 a.m. to provide transportation for essential workers in the greater New Haven area. (Stephen Dunn / Hartford Courant)

Expanded electric bus conversion program

A man charges a new electric bus.

A man charges a new electric bus. (JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/Getty)

Stamford Transportation Center modernization

Commuters wait for the train at the Stamford Metro North Station.

Commuters wait for the train at the Stamford Metro North Station. (John Krebs / Fox CT)

Purchase of new dual power locomotives

New and old Metro-North train cars wait on lines at New Haven's Union Station.

New and old Metro-North train cars wait on lines at New Haven’s Union Station. (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

Highway bridge maintenance

Workers on a highway bridge along Route 2 near Hartford.

Workers on a highway bridge along Route 2 near Hartford. (John Woike / Hartford Courant)

Railroad bridge reconstruction and station Improvements in Westport

A commuter train on the New Haven line of the Metro-North Railroad pulls into a station in Westport.

A commuter train on the New Haven line of the Metro-North Railroad pulls into a station in Westport. (DOUGLAS HEALEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Improved pedestrian crossings and sidewalks

A worker clears the sidewalk at a Dunkin' Donuts in Hartford.

A worker clears the sidewalk at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Hartford. (Don Stacom)

Hammertown Road, Salisbury.

Hammertown Road, Salisbury. (Courtesy of Zillow.com)

Removing dying, dead and damaged trees along highways

Several trees and power lines are seen down, making Damascus Road in Branford impassable, Friday, August 28, 2020, after Thursday's storm devastated the area.

Several trees and power lines are seen down, making Damascus Road in Branford impassable, Friday, August 28, 2020, after Thursday’s storm devastated the area. (Kassi Jackson/The Hartford Courant)