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Talking Transportation: We’re Already Paying Tolls

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Did it come to anyone’s surprise that Connecticut roads were recently named “worst” in the United States in a White House study conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers? 

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They told us what we already know:  41 percent of Connecticut’s 21,000 miles of highways are in “poor” condition and 30 percent of our 4,200 bridges are “structurally deficient.”

This comes as Congress could only come up with a short-term patch for the gaping pothole known as the Highway Trust Fund after Republicans rejected the president’s plan for a four-year $302 billion transportation plan financed by a gasoline tax and elimination of corporate tax breaks.

But kudos to our U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) for having the political guts to call for a gas tax increase to make up for dwindling revenue as Americans drive more fuel efficient cars. 

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