CT Highway and local roads will get a $ 175 million facelift

NEW CANAAN – With traffic noises on Merritt Parkway, District General Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman Senator Will Haskell pointed to $ 175 million in infrastructure spending that would soon improve the region.

Haskell, State Senator Bob Duff and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling highlighted the importance of public transit to the economy as they spoke in a suburban parking lot near the boardwalk.

“It’s time to bring our roads, bridges and highways into the 21st century,” said Haskell.

According to two easels with graphics showing where the money is going, $ 61 million is for the resurfacing of the boardwalk; $ 98 million to target I-95 safety improvements; $ 14.8 million for the reconstruction of the East Avenue Bridge in Norwalk; and over $ 1.5 million for local roads in Norwalk, Darien and New Canaan.

Of that money, Haskell said he was particularly eager to see the boardwalk resurfacing project completed.

He’s been in the works for 25 years, which “is literally as old as I am,” he said. The construction drove ‘our voters crazy’. Residents of the area will appreciate the project being completed so construction does not slow down traffic, Haskell added.

The project will widen the parkway in certain areas and provide emergency recovery lanes and narrower medians between Westport and New Canaan.

Although the project does not add a third lane, traffic is expected to move “a little better,” Haskell said. “… Too many voters spend their mornings and afternoons staring at the exhaust pipe in front of them. “

Duff said the improvements between Norwalk and New Canaan would help get “people between point A and point B more reliably and consistently.”

Assistance for local roads includes $ 906,875 for Norwalk, $ 341,348 for Darien and $ 331,787 for New Canaan.

Politicians stressed the links between the economy and transport.

“We know that Fairfield County is the lifeblood of our state’s economy and that the Parkway, I-95 and Metro-North are literally the arteries in and out of New York City,” said Duff. “People are frustrated because they are often sitting in traffic, and we want people to know that we are working hard to make improvements.”

Rilling said he learned first-hand that “when someone is considering moving a business to Norwalk or the Fairfield County area, one of the things they are most concerned about is infrastructure, transportation “what if their employees” can get to work. “

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