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House Members Question Rt. 11 Toll Bill

The toll debate has once again been opened in Hartford, and legislators are split in their support.

Several state legislators in the area, including Rep. Betsy Ritter, D-Waterford, and Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, have been pushing for a new bill that would allow tolling

The goal is to give the state another way to fund the 8.4-mile extension of the highway to Waterford, and thereby increase the chance of gaining federal funds for the $1 billion project. The bill has , and now sits in the house.

But in the house, it has met some resistance from other representatives. Some have called the bill "a can of worms" that will open the door for polling across the state.

"The bill could become a can of worms in terms of implications for tolls in other parts of the state," Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, told the Connecticut Post.

Tolls, which were decommissioned in 1983 following a fatal accident in Stratford, are but one measure state officials have talked about as a possible solution to funding and addressing Connecticut's traffic woes. The DOT is also

Waterford Guy May 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Thanks Stillman and Ritter, what a team you guys are for Waterford! I imagine the conversation went like this..... "Betsy, We should make our constituents that we "represent" in Waterford pay another transportation tax if they want to drive to Hartford" "Andrea, that sounds like a great idea! Those Ignorant, selfish people think that we should fund road projects with taxes like the gas tax (highest in the nation), licensing fees, property tax on autos and trailers, registration fees, and speeding and moving violation taxes (tickets)." "They just don’t understand that we need more of their money to waste on projects we can put our name on!” Besides, it’s “Free Money anyway!” I’ll enjoy my drive up 85 into Colchester, avoiding route 11 when they put these tolls in.
Wayne Gilpin May 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Southeastern CT has to pay a toll, but we can afford $500 million for the busway to nowhere in New Britain? What's wrong with this picture?
Waterford Rez May 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
SE CT is like upper state NY and lower state NJ. Out numbered and ignored yet unfocused and ineffective. SE CT continues to vote the SAME people in over and over and over an over.....all the time wondering why nothing changes. We put this on ourselves. Get off your couch and vote this November. This area has a turnout for voting that is dismal at best. Less then 1/3 of registered voters have the energy to show up. That is just "registered". If it was expanded to "eligible' it would be even worse. Democracies get what they deserve. Period. Locally, state wide and federal elections are the will of the people....the people willing to vote.
John Sheehan May 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Remember folks that our state representative and state senator will be paying the toll more often than most of us that occasionally travel to Hartford. The SECT delegation is outnumbered in Hartford so they have to use any "gimmick" available to get Route 11 funded and started (much less completed). Going the other way, it will permit a more rapid trip to the seashore for folks in central CT. Tourism dollars are just as good from near locals as from out of state.
LiveForFreedom May 05, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Route 11 nust get completed and the interchange with I-95 constructed to provide a safe and efficient corridor from southeastern CT to Hartford, New Britain, Newington, East Hartford and Glastonbury. Route 85 is dangerous and out of date for future needs. If the Democrats in Hartford can find $600 million dollars of funding to build the governors boondoggle "Bridge to Nowhere" from Hartford to New Britain, they certainly can find a few million dollars to complete Route 11. I find this hypocritical that Governor Malloy's pork belly projects get approved while we are constantly overlooked in New London county. I used to live in New Britain and know that the "Bridge to Nowhere" is a foolish project that few riders will use. It is being pushed to provide stable lucrative work for several years for Union workers. As for the most productive and relevant project? The Route 11 highway will be used by more people in any given year than the actual number of bus riders from New Britain to Hartford. If our state representatives let this fail, Route 11 will never be completed.

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