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Among those voting against the proposal was State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, who said that by revisiting tolls, the governor “has ignored the will of the legislature, and ultimately ignored the will of the Connecticut taxpayer.”
According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, roundabouts are "one of the most effective countermeasures to reduce intersection crashes and fatalities"; as of 2017, the state's five other roundabouts have prevented 150 crashes and 100 injuries.
Reductions in service that had been scheduled to take effect on July 1 have been canceled. The state will still "need to find new, long-term funding sources to replace dwindling gas tax revenues," Gov. Dannel Malloy said. "This should not be seen as optional – it’s critical to Connecticut’s future.”
The city estimates the new Danbury Transit Center would cost $27-30 million, not including the costs of acquiring some surrounding property and environmental clean-up.
While he expects a House vote on tolls to take place before the legislative session ends on May 9, Aresimowicz did not guarantee passage of the bill.
Which highways would have tolls, where they would be located, and how much they would cost drivers are among the questions yet to be answered.
The proposed changes “threaten Westport’s ability to retain its status as a vibrant suburban ‘community of choice’,” Marpe said.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed paying for this with a 7-cent gas tax increase over four years and the introduction of electronic highway tolls.
The postponements include the widening of I-95 from Bridgeport to Stamford and completing the interchange between Routes 15 and 7 in Norwalk.
Numerous transportation projects in towns and cities across Connecticut would be at risk of cancellation or deferral if the state does not take corrective action, the governor said.
The connection “will enhance Trumbull and the region and provide economic benefit to area businesses,” said MetroCOG Executive Director Matt Fulda.
Renovations to the Merritt 7 station, replacement of the 120-year-old Walk Bridge – and possibly building a new station in the Wall Street district – are all part of the plan.