Tri-State Transportation Campaign Regional Plan AssociationTransportation For America

Press Release  

For immediate release: October 19, 2011

Contact:
Tri-State Transportation Campaign: Steven Higashide, Ryan Lynch – 212-268-7474
Regional Plan Association: Amanda Kennedy 203-356-0390
Transportation For America: David Goldberg – 202-412-7930

 

Deficient Bridges in Connecticut’s Metro Areas Crossed by Over 3.8 Million Vehicles a Day

National report cites Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, New Haven, Hartford  

A new report from Transportation For America, The Fix We’re In For: The State of Our Nation's Busiest Bridges, shows that over 3.8 million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges in Connecticut’s metro areas every day.

The state’s aging infrastructure means that drivers frequently cross structurally deficient bridges, particularly in metro areas. For example:

Advocates said the study showed the need for Connecticut to continue moving toward a “fix-it-first” approach focused on existing bridges and roads, rather than big-ticket road expansion projects like Route 11 and the widening of I-84.

“Connecticut residents know well how important it is to maintain our bridges,” said Ryan Lynch, Connecticut coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “That’s why we’re calling on Governor Malloy and ConnDOT to continue the progress they’ve made towards a ‘fix-it-first’ approach that prioritizes maintenance of roads and bridges, not building new ones.”

“Connecticut needs to repair the roads and bridges we already have, and fixing these problems now will save taxpayer dollars later,” said Amanda Kennedy, associate planner for the Regional Plan Association.

They also warned that the federal Fiscal Year 2012 budget, which is being debated by Congress, could make it harder for states to maintain bridges, because a budget proposal being considered by the House would cut federal road, bridge, and public transit funds by a third. Congress also has been unable to pass a long-term transportation funding bill for 2 years.

“Many in Congress have talked about steep cuts to transportation, but this report shows that we can’t afford to cut back,” Steven Higashide, federal advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign said. “Investing in bridges and transportation keeps Connecticut residents safe and the economy competitive, and puts people back to work.”

 

TABLE: CT Metros ranked by avg. daily traffic on deficient bridges

Metro Population 2009

Metro Area Name

Percent Deficient

Total Deficient Bridges

Average Daily Traffic on Deficient Bridges

Drivers crossing deficient bridge every second

901,208

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

12.90%

107

1,381,796

16

848,006

New Haven-Milford, CT

6.50%

56

1,323,898

15

1,195,998

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

7.90%

108

1,168,144

14

“There are more deficient bridges in our metropolitan areas than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the entire country,” said James Corless, director of Transportation for America; there are 18,239 deficient bridges versus roughly 14,000 McDonald’s. “These metropolitan-area bridges are most costly and difficult to fix, but they also are the most urgent, because they carry such a large share of the nation’s people and goods.”

The national report includes data for 102 metropolitan areas and is available on T4America’s website: Click here or visit t4america.org.

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Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. www.tstc.org

Regional Plan Association is America's oldest independent urban planning, research and advocacy group. Now in its 89th year, RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. RPA also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability and competitiveness concerns. www.rpa.org

Transportation for America is the largest, most diverse coalition working on transportation reform today. We believe it is time for a bold new vision — transportation that guarantees our freedom to move however we choose and leads to a stronger economy, greater energy security, cleaner environment and healthier America for all of us. We’re calling for more responsible investment of our federal tax dollars to create a safer, cleaner, smarter transportation system that works for everyone. www.t4america.org