‘The budget growing is concerning’: Bridgeport flooding project nears construction, but over budget

The designs for a massive undertaking aimed at reducing flooding in the South End are, after eight years of planning, 90 percent complete, with construction tentatively scheduled to start next winter. But the project’s budget has also increased beyond the initial $56 million estimate from 2014, and more money must be found, acknowledged Shante Hanks, the deputy state housing commissioner overseeing the planning. That $56 million was financed by a pair of grants issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Resilient Bridgeport is the overall name for two projects to fortify the flood-prone South End, located along Long Island Sound, during severe storms like 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Another online public information meeting on Resilient Bridgeport is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 23.


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