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Funding boosts Connecticut construction jobs

Posted on February 3, 2016

A series of investments are planned for Connecticut construction jobs.

There are two $30 million installments of Town Aid Road funding for cities and towns across Connecticut – a total of $60 million statewide.  The funding continues an increased amount for municipal purposes, which prior to the Malloy administration had received lower amounts ranging from $12.5 million to $30 million.

“In Connecticut, we are in the middle of a critical conversation on what we need to do to build a best-in-class transportation system that provides residents and businesses with real solutions for problems that the state can no longer put off,” Governor Malloy said.  “Providing our towns and cities with increased funding for local transportation projects is an important part of these efforts.”

Under the Town Aid Road program, municipalities can use the funding for a variety of purposes, including construction of maintenance of highways and bridges, snow removal, the trimming and removal of trees, the installation of traffic signs and signals, and for providing and operating essential public transportation services and related facilities.

“Investments in our transportation network are key to Connecticut’s future competitiveness,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  “This funding is part of a larger strategy to strengthen our transit system, to expand mass transit options, and to make commerce more efficient.  It speaks to our overall commitment to Connecticut’s economic growth and our workforce.”

“Our towns appreciate this funding and can use it to supplement their own local budgets,” Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said.  “It is important that this funding is in place now, so that towns can plan for the road work they need to begin this spring.”