Congress releases $4.7 million to upgrade CT bridge

| 8/20/2002

Congress has released $4.7 million to the Connecticut Department of Transportation for construction of a new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven. The money comes from the 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill.

The 42-year-old bridge carrying I-95 traffic over the Quinnipiac River is to be replaced with a 10-lane structure, with work starting in 2004. The new bridge reportedly will cost as much as $350 million and take six years to complete.

"This is important not only for commuters, but also for the trucking industry that uses the I-95 corridor," U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro told news reporters.