By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor
The federal government has honored a request from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy for it to help foot the bill for road repairs and cleanup following Hurricane Irene.
The Federal Highway Administration is making available to the state $1 million in emergency relief funding for cleanup and bridge and roadway infrastructure repairs.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has immediate access to the funding source to pay for costs and damages to the roadway system caused by the storm that wreaked havoc on the East Coast late last month.
“Now that the storm has passed, we’re focused on undoing what has been done to our homes, properties, and infrastructure,” Malloy said in a statement. “This funding source, which our federal partners have made immediately available, will allow our DOT to pay for ongoing cleanup, and to continue to make repairs as quickly as possible to damaged portions of our roads and bridges.
“We need to keep people and goods moving, and this will allow the DOT to do just that.”
Malloy noted that while there were no catastrophic failures of state roads or bridges, damages did occur statewide. Cleanup and repair costs are estimated at more than $5 million, including about $1 million in cleanup for local roads.
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