Report gives Connecticut roads a poor rating

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Drainage may be a big issue on some roadways Tuesday but the overall condition of a large portion of Connecticut roads has been rated as “poor” by a federal report.

Some Connecticut motorists News 8 spoke with had other descriptions.

“They’re disgusting, they’re absolutely disgusting,”  said Michelle Watras of East Haven.

“Insulting, terrible a disgrace,” said James Danielle of New Haven.

A new report says that of the more than 21,000 miles of roadway in Connecticut 41 percent of them are in poor shape and it’s costing Connecticut residents.

George Echevaria of New Haven says, “the pot holes sometimes they flatten my tires suspension and all that it’s making it worse.”

“And with the taxes that we pay in this state…there’s no excuse,” added Michelle.

The Connecticut D.O.T. is quick to clarify that the “poor” rating is simply a measure of roadway roughness but you probably know what roughness is all about. Republicans, like State Senator Len Fasano of North Haven say the Malloy Administration is to blame because it has repeatedly raided the state’s ‘Transporation Fund.’

LINK: White House Infrastructure Report (.pdf)

“He’s sacrificed our infrastructure in order to have a balanced budget because he keeps running these deficits,” said Sen. Fasano, who is also the Minority Leader Pro Tem in the State Senate.

“This story that Republicans continue to tell…quite frankly make up…about our spending with respect to transportation infrastructure is just plain wrong,”  responded Governor Malloy.

The Governor admits his budget balancing has included transferring money from the fund designed for transportation to other areas but his overall spending on roads is up and has gone up every year he’s been in office.

Just eight weeks ago the administration gave the green light for over 260 miles of resurfacing jobs that are currently underway around the state.  It’s about a 20 percent increase from what had been previously scheduled, due, in part to the harsh winter that cause all those pot holes.

“The reason our roads are in bad shape is we had Republican Governors for year after year after year who under invested in infrastructure,” says the Governor.

This report was issued by the White House in an effort to get the Congress to approve federal funding for projects all across the country.  Connecticut has many of those projects, both roads and bridges ready to go as soon as the feds approve the cash.

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