Connecticut's Infrastructure Gets Poor Grade From Engineers Group

Sept. 28, 2022
Connecticut's roads get a "D+" with much to improve with other infrastructure in the state

The American Society of Civil Engineers evaluated Connecticut's public works, and in their 61-page report highlighted that much can be done to the public works in the state.

Connecticut will be seeing $5.4 billion over the next five years thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). That funding can help the state improve their infrastructure. According to the report, the funding from the IIJA "will help address some of the age, capacity and condition challenges” in Connecticut.

Connecticut's federal infrastructure funding includes $3.3 billion for major road projects, $1.3 billion for buses and railroads, $561 million to strengthen bridges and $100 million to extend computer broadband coverage.

Bridges, drinking water and wastewater improved incrementally since the first Connecticut Infrastructure Report Card was issued in 2018.

“Connecticut has some of the oldest infrastructure in the country, much of it over 50 years old and beyond its intended life,” according to the report.

“While some conditional improvements have been made in recent years, there remains a significant long-term funding gap between predicted funding and needed capital improvements. This gap puts any progress at risk,” said the report.

In terms of road conditions, the engineers group gave Connecticut's roads a "D+", citing “severe passenger and truck congestion” on interstates 84, 91, and 95.

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Source: Hartford Courant