Malloy touts Connecticut’s local bridge program

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is plugging his administration’s efforts to help municipalities replace and rehabilitate local bridges.

The Democrat, who is seeking re-election, said Monday that state funding for the local bridge grant program has expanded by an additional $25 million over the last two years. That’s in addition to the approximately $35 million in state funds dedicated for local bridges.

Transportation is a major issue in this year’s governor’s race. Malloy’s Republican opponent, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, has already accused Malloy of “raiding” the state’s Special Transportation Fund to pay for non-transportation-related expenses.

But Malloy insisted Monday that his office has contributed more than $1.3 billion to the account, more than any previous administration. While some money has been transferred from the account, Malloy said there’s a net increase.

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