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Politics and Policy: Malloy Announces Transportation Improvements

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Waterbury – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy flexed the powers of incumbency today in a rain-swept commuter lot by I-84. Malloy couldn’t stop the rain, but he could command a supportive audience of political, union and business leaders.

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One after another, they stepped to a microphone to thank the first-term Democratic governor, a candidate for re-election this year, for planned investments in transportation infrastructure, even if the pace of those investments has been a source of frustration to some on his guest list, who see a growing backlog of overdue projects.

The event was staged by one of the state’s most notorious commuter bottlenecks, a two-lane, 2.7-mile stretch of I-84 on the approach to Waterbury from the east. A third lane will be added in both directions at an estimated cost of $400 million to $450 million, with the project going to bid in June. [Other announced improvements were rehabilitation of the Merritt Parkway in Stamford and operational improvements on I-95 in Norwalk.]

“Connecticut is moving again,” Malloy said.

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