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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Federal Funds for State Road Projects May Dry Up

By Ann Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington—The Malloy administration has quietly dropped plans to add another lane to I-84 from the New York border to Waterbury.

A few weeks ago, the Connecticut Department of Transportation asked the Federal Highway Administration to drop plans to add a lane to I-84 for 32 miles. They have been in the works since 2005.

“The purposes of the proposed improvements were to improve safety and provide increased capacity to meet future traffic demand,” the FHA said in a Federal Register notice.

But “due to the re-prioritization of major transportation projects in Connecticut and funding constraints” the state has scrapped the plan. The proposed I-84 expansion would have cost $3 to $4 billion.

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