Connecticut OKs millions for roadwork

| 4/27/2011

Funding for road repairs in Connecticut is getting a boost. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill to allow the state to move forward with paving and fixing 200 miles of roads damaged during the winter.

The state will allocate $50 million in bonds to foot the bill for resurfacing state roads and highways. Malloy said it will create or retain about 1,050 construction-related jobs.

“The state has, for too long, neglected our transportation infrastructure, leading many of our roads and bridges to languish in woeful need of repair,” Malloy said in a statement. He said this investment will “bring our aging system into the 21st century so it can be part of the equation to attract businesses to our state.”

Previously SB1194, the allocation had detractors at the statehouse. Some lawmakers questioned whether it is a wise decision to borrow money over many years to pay for the projects.

Senate President Donald Williams said it was important to get the bill approved as soon as possible so workers could take full advantage of the construction season.

“The repaving is essential for the safety of motorists and efficiency of our economy,” he said in a statement.

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