EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation released a study Thursday on the economic output from widening Connecticut’s Interstate highways under the “Let’s Go CT!” program which includes rail, buses and busy highways.
Gov. Malloy says widening I-95 and I-84 will generate $40 billion of economic activity in the state by 2040. “We have appropriated design money. We have a portion of that project on I-84 in the greater Waterbury. My proposal is we make the entirety of the road as quickly as possible three lanes in all directions on I-84 and that we make it as quickly as possible four lanes in all directions on I-95.”
The widening project adds lanes on I-95 all the way from Greenwich to North Stonington and more lanes are coming to I-84 as well. Crews are widening the roads from Waterbury to Danbury. The project is estimated at $1.5 billion and will support 4,000 construction jobs. Waterbury’s four-year project is expected to save drivers millions of hours sitting in traffic. Designs are in the works for the I-95 widening project. The total price tag is over $10 billion.
“People are saying, ‘Governor, these are big numbers that you need to spend to modernize Connecticut’s transportation system’. In reality, we are paying for that by not doing it,” Gov. Malloy added.
80 percent of the funds will come from the federal government and 20 percent will come from the state.
“If we don’t make Connecticut an attractive travel corridor we will not be a place where people want to do their business. So this is about making us ready for the next several decades of competitiveness,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.