The Downtown Highway That Could Drive Hartford’s Comeback

Hartford finds another monumental task in its way: a crumbling piece of 20th-century infrastructure, a stretch of the Interstate 84 viaduct adjacent to downtown that is well past its expiration date. Completed in 1965, the elevated thoroughfare was part of the national urban-renewal campaign to ram freeways through downtowns, and it did extraordinary damage to […]

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

Regardless, most of these towns are still moving forward with transit-oriented development plans, hoping that stations or platforms will one day be built in their backyards. “We’re actually doing things,” said Chris Bromson, town manager of Enfield, which plans to spend up to $4.2 million for a train platform if state funding for a $50-million […]

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Environmental, logistical concerns present challenges to developing Hartford’s waterfront

Development there has been especially difficult because of potential impacts to an underground levee system that curbs the level of riverfront flooding on what is widely considered the narrowest part of the Connecticut River. There is also uncertainty about how utilities, supplies for vendors, emergency services and handicap ramps would make their way down to […]

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The ‘godfather’ of implant dentistry eyes $20M-plus hotel-event center in Bristol

Niznick, a Las Vegas multimillionaire with few ties to Connecticut, isn’t just a dreamer with a grand vision. Since 2010, he’s already invested $25 million of his own money to renovate and rebrand the former Clarion Hotel at 42 Century Drive into a 141-room DoubleTree by Hilton. He plans to invest another $20 million to […]

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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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