Gov. Malloy announces I-95 improvements in southeastern Connecticut

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A lot of people would like to see I-95 in southeastern Connecticut expanded from two lanes to three. Gov. Malloy announced improvements and enhancements for the I-95 bridge over Rt. 161 in Niantic on Friday.

“Enhancements that will allow enough room to add a third travel lane in each direction across southeastern Connecticut. I am committed to that,” he said.

“The Sunday traffic that we have during tourist season can be atrocious,” said Rep. John Scott, R-Groton. “The traffic will back up over the bridge right here and you throw an accident in the mix and it makes it even worse.”

The Niantic bridge repairs will total $50 million while improvements needed for the Gold Star Memorial Bridge will add up to $221 million. The Governor says new monies, like dedicating half a cent of the state sales tax to transportation, will help pay for repairs.

“By the end of 10 years, that lock box should be receiving about $472 million more to support transportation,” he said.

The infrastructure improvements are expected to help steer more businesses to the area and boost the shoreline’s economic future.

“I think people will want to see the state investing in its infrastructure and I think that will make a difference,” said Rep. Scott.

Construction on these projects is expected to begin no later than 2018.

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