Connecticut won $15.7 million in grants for transportation from the Federal Highway Administration. On August 17, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new round of federal grants for state transportation projects. Compared to some of our neighbors, Connecticut fared pretty well this time. Massachusetts received $6.1 million, Rhode Island received $1.6 million, Vermont received $4.2 million, New York received $16.2 million and New Jersey received $4.5 million.
Two of the projects that will be funded through these grants are for tolling studies-a $1.1 million grant to study congestion pricing for I-95 corridor from New Haven to NY and a $644,000 grant to study "pricing strategies" (i.e., tolls) for I-84 in Hartford related to the rebuilding of the I-84 viaduct.
It was very encouraging to also see a $1.3 million grant awarded to New Britain to implement a complete street strategy for the downtown area. With the New Britain-Hartford Busway project moving forward this kind of funding is very timely. Ensuring safe and accessible streets for pedestrians and bikers in the downtown area that connect with the stations for the new bus rapid transit system, will further enhance the community for developers, businesses, residents, and visitors.
To view the press release and complete list of projects, visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa1137/fhwa1137ct.htm
Kudos to ConnDOT for applying for and receiving these grants!