ConnDOT debuts Meriden railside parking

Connecticut transportation officials have opened 225 parking spaces in an $8.8 million downtown Meriden parking garage to improve rail access for regional commuters and travelers, authorities said. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) said it made the improvements to safety, accessibility and convenience near the CTrail Hartford line Meriden station. The spaces opened last week. […]

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The Dotted Line: Understanding IDIQ contracting’s win–win potential

Included among the lump sum, design-build and cost-plus contracts — to name a few — commonly used to carry out this work is another type of arrangement: indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracting. When public agencies know they will need some type of construction service but lack certainty around the timeframe or the volume or scope […]

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MGM gambles on Bridgeport with new casino plan

The stakes have been raised in the competition to build Connecticut’s first new casino in 20 years, with MGM unveiling plans for a $675 million privately financed waterfront resort in the state’s largest city that the gaming giant is touting as an economic and jobs boon. A 2021 opening date is being eyed by MGM, […]

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Malloy, Democrats close on budget deal

Democratic leaders still must sell this two-year budget plan to rank-and-file members before Thursday’s scheduled votes in the House and Senate. Moderate Democrats have expressed concern about the tax hikes being proposed and have called for greater fiscal reforms. Though full details were not available, the new plan for this fiscal year and next would […]

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Moody’s: Damage from Harvey and Irma could hit $200B

The combined value of property destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma in Florida could hit between $150 billion and $200 billion, CNBC reported, citing Moody’s data. The ongoing shortage of skilled construction labor is one of the biggest hurdles expected to impact rebuilding efforts. Even before the storms, seven in 10 […]

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Report Finds Lack of Investment In Transportation Will Hurt Connecticut

The report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association found Connecticut would lose $3.2 billion in economic activity each year, including $2 billion in lost sales and 10,227 in lost jobs that an investment in transportation would have supported. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s compromise budget does not include a bonding cap, but any bonding […]

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Mystic YMCA breaks ground on $7.2 million project

About 75 people gathered at the Mystic branch of the Ocean Community YMCA Thursday afternoon for the groundbreaking of a $7.2 million expansion and renovation project that will take place over the next 13 months. Despite what he called “tough times” in the state, Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons said the town has allocated $100,000 […]

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Prevailing wage: Good for workers, good for business

To be clear, if the legislature capitulates and increases the thresholds of our prevailing wage law, it will be a symbolic gesture at best. CCM and our elected officials are under no illusions that weakening wage standards for construction workers won’t realize any significant savings for our municipalities. If CCM were actually committed to lowering […]

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