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Malloy Proposes Improvements For I-95, Merritt Parkway

Gov. Dannel Malloy is proposing funds for upgrades on the Merritt Parkway in Stamford.
Gov. Dannel Malloy is proposing funds for upgrades on the Merritt Parkway in Stamford. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A five-year plan from Gov. Daniel Malloy to improve many modes of transportation statewide would include funds to rehabilitate the Merritt Parkway in Stamford and improve Interstate 95 in Norwalk.

Malloy announced the Connecticut Department of Transportation's 2014-18 Transportation Capital Infrastructure Program in Waterbury on Tuesday, April 15.

“We have invested millions in our roads, bridges and railways over the last three years and have an ambitious five-year plan in place to continue upgrading and strengthening our transportation infrastructure well into the future,” said Malloy. “These projects will facilitate commerce, stimulate economic development, improve the daily commutes of countless residents and create thousands of immediate construction jobs.”

Earlier this year, Malloy proposed a state transportation budget for 2015 that represents a 165 percent increase in funding compared with 2010 levels and includes about $1.4 billion to fund the largest transportation capital program in Connecticut’s history.

His 2015 transportation budget -- now being considered by the General Assembly -- also restores the dedication of the State Transportation Fund solely for transportation purposes.

The dozens of projects in ConnDOT’s five-year capital plan include these major plans:

  • Replacement of the I-84 Hartford viaduct.
  • Q Bridge replacement on I-95 in New Haven.
  • Moses Wheeler Bridge replacement on I-95 in Stratford.
  • Putnam Bridge rehabilitation on Route 3 in Glastonbury.
  • Rehabilitation of Merritt Parkway in Stamford.
  • Operational improvements on I-95 in Norwalk.
  • Widening of the I-84 corridor in Waterbury, which is set to begin construction this year.

DOT Commissioner James P.  Redeker said that in addition to highway and bridge improvements, the capital plan calls for millions more in investments in the New Haven Line commuter railroad -- the busiest in the country -- and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor, which will offer enhanced intercity passenger service beginning in 2016.

Last week, Malloy announced that Connecticut has applied for $600 million in federal transportation funding to help cover the capital costs of three resiliency, or “hardening,” projects central to the Metro-North’s commuter rail infrastructure.

Malloy was joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)., Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, state Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, state lawmakers, representatives from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and members of the state building trades.

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