Looney, Fasano Tackle Tolls, Transit

Looney embraced Lamont’s latest plan to fund the 10-year transportation plan — now pegged at $19 billion — with the trucks-only tolls on bridges. He argued that a constitutional amendment created a transportation “lockbox” can provide the guarantee needed for toll receipts to be spent as promised. Fasano said he agrees with the goal of […]

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As five towns wait for Hartford Line train stations, transit-oriented developments move forward

A spokesman for Lamont said the administration still views the train stations as a critical investment, but stopped short of guaranteeing funding for them under the trucks-only tolls plan. Lawmakers could vote on that plan in January during a special session. Regardless, most of these towns are still moving forward with transit-oriented development plans, hoping […]

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The Downtown Highway That Could Drive Hartford’s Comeback

Amid all that earnest activity, however, the nagging question remains: what to do with the two-mile section of I-84 just outside downtown, which in an ironic reference to past glory is known as the Aetna Viaduct. Its projected lifespan ended in 2005, and engineers are now worried about catastrophic failure. Replacement options under consideration include […]

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Massive $1.4-Trillion Spending Measure Goes on the Books

President Trump has signed a $1.4-trillion, two-bill spending package that will keep federal agencies, including their construction programs, operating through Sept. 30. 2020, the end of the current fiscal year. The spending picture was mixed for infrastructure accounts: some, like Army Corps of Engineers civil works, received boosts over their 2019 levels, but others, like […]

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Stories that shaped the decade: Smaller-scale development projects help revive the city of Hartford

Though less dramatic, these more modest projects showed encouraging potential in reshaping the city for the future as it enters the 2020s. The city government has doled out generous tax deals to many of those projects, one of its only avenues to spur development in the wake of its 2017 budget crisis. While the city […]

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Norwich seeks state approval for $167 million sewer system upgrade

Norwich Public Utilities hopes it has developed a plan to upgrade the city’s nearly 100-year-old sewage treatment system that continues to pollute Norwich Harbor and the Thames River when heavy rains overwhelm the system. NPU officials presented the new proposal to the Board of Public Utilities Commissioners on Thursday and will meet with DEEP officials […]

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Work Enters the ‘Last Mile’ on New England Thruway

Construction crews are in the midst of a $135 million infrastructure project that will complete reconstruction of the final mile of a section of the New England Thruway (I-95) that carries traffic from New York City to the Connecticut border. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021. “After years of discussions and planning, we […]

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Bond Commission Approves Funding For Landfill Work Including PFAS Remediation

The commission unanimously approved $750,000 Wednesday, adding to a previously-approved $700,000. The money will go toward a variety of upgrades needed at closed landfills in Hartford, Ellington, Waterbury, Wallingford, and Shelton. Included in the project is work at two homes near the Ellington landfill, where PFAS chemicals have leached into the drinking water. Work in […]

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East Lyme officials still seeking residents’ input on conservation, development plan

The POCD “is the plan for our town,” Williams said by phone Thursday. “And residents should be pulled in to have their opinion heard.”  As part of the efforts of the subcommittee, composed of about a half-dozen members and formed earlier this year, Williams said the group recently held a workshop advising the town’s boards […]

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The Dotted Line: How contractors are finding and vetting subcontractors

A survey sponsored by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America found that 80% of contractors were having difficulty finding enough qualified craft workers. It stands to reason, then, since subcontractors provide so much of the labor on construction projects, that it has become trickier for many general contractors to find enough quality subs […]

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