CT’s billion-dollar sewage problem hits cities hardest

Millions, possibly even billions of gallons of stormwater containing untreated sewage enter Connecticut’s waters each year, closing beaches, preventing shellfishing and harming marine life, according to experts. It’s an ongoing problem, and one that’s likely to impact the state for decades, costing at least another billion dollars, according to combined estimates from local authorities responsible […]

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Connecticut lawmakers will tackle school construction, utility accountability in special session later this month

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, a New Haven Democrat, said that school construction is a top priority for communities all across the state that receive reimbursements from the state in order to expand and improve their facilities. Another priority is focusing on utilities that have been in the news lately after widespread power outages […]

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Mixmaster, rail line work included in state DOT’s 4-year, $3.9 billion projects plan

The agency’s four-year outlook for capital projects, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, contains 223 projects and $3.1 billion in federal funds that will be matched with $864.5 million from the state and $17 million from local governments. The largest projects in the document, which is abbreviated as STIP, include the $90 million signalization of the […]

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Anna Reynolds School planned renovation will hike up taxes for Newington taxpayers

Newington taxpayers will see their taxes increase by an average of $75 annually if the planned renovation of Anna Reynolds School moves forward. The project cost has been estimated at $35.5 million, but reimbursement from the state of Connecticut through a school building grant program is expected to bring the town’s projected cost to about […]

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AGC survey finds project delays, labor shortages worsening for construction

A new survey of contractors provides a bleak snapshot of the construction industry nearly six months into the coronavirus pandemic, finding that the share of contractors who have had future projects canceled or delayed due to COVID-19 has reached 60% — nearly double the amount from June. The results of the survey, which polled more […]

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Median crossover on I-84 set to go live early Friday

A bridge that carries Interstate 84 westbound over the Housatonic River will close for more than a year starting Friday. Median crossings will direct westbound traffic onto the current eastbound side of the Rochambeau Bridge, allowing all four lanes of highway traffic to stay open while the bridge is replaced. The crossings will be connected […]

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Torrington BOE holds public forum on school construction project

The board this week held a public forum on the project with architects from Kaestle Boos Associates speaking from the high school library. Kaestle Boos was hired by the school board to develop the project’s preliminary plans. Board Chairwoman Fiona Cappabianca repeatedly stressed during the forum that the high school, which was build in the […]

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New CT budget is $2.1 B in the red, but all may not be gloom and doom

Though Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration projects a whopping $2.1 billion deficit for the new fiscal year, which began July 1, that is based partly on pessimistic stock market projections from April that — at least so far — haven’t come to pass. Some legislators want to crack open the state’s record-setting $3 billion rainy day […]

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