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Connecticut Construction Jobs Created by Stimulus

Posted on March 16, 2009

The recently-passed federal economic stimulus plan will help create new Connecticut construction jobs.

Connecticut‘s Recovery Working Group recently approved more than $200 million in federal stimulus transportation projects that will help create plenty of jobs and transportation projects throughout the state, including bridge replacement and repair, road paving and traffic signal work. This is welcome news as Connecticut’s construction industry has continued to shed jobs.

“We literally want shovels in the ground and people hired by next month,” Governor M. Jodi Rell said in a press release. “It is essential we put people back to work and money back into our economy as soon as possible. These projects will do that as well as improve the condition and safety of our roads and bridges.”

The Recovery and Reinvestment Act should should give Connecticut $302 million for highway infrastructure projects, with about 30 percent going to local and regional projects and the remainder going to projects Rell and the state Department of Transportation submitted.

The projects will include:

  • Trumbull/Fairfield – Merritt Parkway safety improvements, resurfacing and bridge improvements for $70.8 million
  • Branford – Reconstruction of Route 1 Amtrak Bridge for $73 million
  • Enfield – Rehabilitation of the Route 5 Bridge over I-91 for $7 million
  • Westport – Rehabilitation of Hales Road Bridge over Metro-North rail lines for $4 million
  • Old Saybrook – Replace joints on Baldwin Bridge on I-95 over Connecticut River for $5 million
  • Ashford – Rehabilitate Route 89 bridge over Mount Hope River for $1.45 million
  • Manchester – Install traffic control signal at Slater Street/Circuit City driveway intersection for $300,000
  • Northwestern Connecticut – Joint replacement of various bridges for $5 million
  • Statewide – Repair/replace overhead sign supports at 20 locations for $5.6 million; resurfacing for $18.8 million; State Traffic Commission-required traffic signal installation for $7 million and roadside safety improvements for $4 million