Bridgeport roadwork resumes after delay by FBI probe

A long-awaited road project that was held up by a criminal probe of city government is being rebid. The economic development department is accepting contractors proposals until 2 p.m. March 25 for streetscape improvements along Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock, a commercial strip on the Fairfield border with restaurants, bars and other small businesses. Work was supposed to proceed in 2019 until the construction company hired for the job was named in a subpoena as part of an FBI probe into municipal contracting. Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration paused the project to ensure nothing was amiss. In early 2019, the city’s economic development and purchasing departments awarded the contract to VAZ Quality Works. Neither VAZ nor the other two businesses were ever accused of or charged with wrongdoing, and by last year, City Hall concluded the streetscape effort could resume.

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