Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced last week that the state board commission approved $1.1 billion in state bond funding to improve Connecticut's transportation system. Over $666 million of funding will go towards public transportation, and over $300 million will go to roads and bridges.
“The $1.1 billion in state bond funding we are releasing today positions our state to create the transportation network of the future, which will connect people to jobs, employment, and all our state has to offer,” Lamont said in a statement.
“Notably, it will support our ongoing goal of putting the infrastructure in place that will help reduce travel times between New Haven and New York. By leveraging all federal dollars available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we can bring significant improvements to our state’s transportation system while lessening the burden on Connecticut taxpayers,” said Lamont.
Some of the approved transportation projects are:
- Northeast Corridor Match Program: $398.1 million for 13 projects to upgrade passenger rail infrastructure and improve transit efficiency, speed, and capacity. This allocation will provide a match for up to $2.1 billion in matching federal funding.
- I-91/1-691/Route 15 Interchange in Meriden: $31.7 million for interchange reconstruction and realignment on I-91 North, I-691 West and Route 15 North to address operational and safety concerns to improve safety and decrease congestion, matching $223 million in federal funds.
- Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program: $12.9 million for grants to provide funding to municipalities through the Councils of Government to address regional transportation priorities through capital improvement projects.
- Transportation Rural-Improvement Program: $10 million for grants to provide funding to rural and small towns for infrastructure improvements. The first round of grants will be awarded over the next several months.