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State Senate Approves Tolls For Route 11

State Believes Electronic Tolling Will Increase The Chance Of Federal Funding For $1 Billion Project

Thursday, the state Senate approved a bill that would allow for electronic tolling on to provide more financing for the project.

To get federal funding to complete the 8.4-mile extension of Route 11 from Salem to Waterford, the state has to show it can pay for approximately 20 percent of the project. By allowing electronic tolls on that portion, instead of relying solely on taxpayer funds, it increases the chances the federal government will fund part of the $1 billion project, according to the Department of Transportation.

“The need for completion of Route 11 is well-established and the project is long overdue – this legislation would authorize the Department of Transportation to create a dedicated revenue stream to underwrite the cost of that construction,” said State Sen. Anrea Stillman, D-Waterford, in a press release. “Moreover, the language of the bill stipulates that any electronic tolls be removed once revenue matches those construction costs.”

Local officials have pushed for Route 11 to be extended for years, to both increase the safety of Route 85 and because many feel it will increase economic development in the area. Route 11 was unexpectedly stopped in Salem in the early 1970s when the state ran out of funds to finish the project.

“This bill provides an essential option with regard to funding for completion of Route 11 and I’m delighted with the Senate’s approval today,” Stillman said in the release. “I now look forward to the favorable consideration of this matter by our counterparts in the House.”

As Stillman mentioned, the state’s House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill.

Waterford Guy April 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
These people are morons. I am just going to bypass Route 11 and take 85 all the way up to Route 2 in Colchester if they put in tolls on Route 11. I can imagine thats what a lot of people will do. They will see little or no revenue from this. I'll spend the extra 5 minutes of driving just to not pay a toll 2 times a day. I hope the people on Route 85 though Salem enjoy the increase in traffic.
Dan April 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I second Robert...they may see some money from the tolls but it won't be mine
B.R.E.E. April 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
@ Robert and Dan a police presence will ensure that drivers are following a decresed speed limit. The toll doesn't plan to, but should extend all the way to Glastonbury. We have sprawl fro days here in CT and we need to limit this by installing tolls through more of our state highways.
Erin Paul April 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
How much are the tolls supposed to be? And Rep Stillman said it's written in the bill that once the road is paid for the tolls would be removed. You can't spend $.35 on a toll when it is directly paying for the cost of the road you're on? From what I understand, the trip time between Waterford and Hartford would be substantially less if they finish route 11, which would open up commuting to the Hartford area for more unemployed people in our town. I don't see how this is such a terrible idea.
Corey Sipe April 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Even with the tolls, the chances of Route 11 coming to completion is less than winning the Powerball. The Army Corps of Engineers have opposed the project in the past due to its environmental impact. The project would require the seizing of private property and would include a greenway to minimize environmental impacts. The greenway, however, increases the cost of the project substantially. A potential interchange in Montville with Route 161 would increase the project's costs even more. The roundabout being constructed at the Route 82 and 85 interchange should help slow down traffic but I believe it's being constructed because the CT DOT knows that a completed Route 11 is likely to never happen despite what our politicians would tell people. Every politician has promised to finish the highway and 30 years later, physical work on the extension has never begun.
Waterford Guy April 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM
"The project would require the seizing of private property " Good point Corey.....Emminent domain comes to Waterford. I doubt they are going to run Route 11 through Nehantic state forest. @ Erin Paul, I don't think the tolls will ever go away. once the state institutes a tax, they rarely take it away. Is Rep. Stillman going to still be there when the road is paid for? She can't really make that promise, she cannot tie the hands of future legislatures, they can make them permanent the day after they go in.
ZIGGY April 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM
is the amount of traffic on route 11 presently worth it?-------let's tax funerals--since people are dying to get out of Connecticut
Leann April 28, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Even if they were to shut down Rt 85 so that an alternative wasn't immediately obvious, the competition to Rt 11 is Rt 2 to 395. That route is 8 miles longer. So a toll of $1 is the break even point based upon current gas prices and CAFE standards. A $1 toll is not likely to pay the debt service for the toll booth let alone the $1 billion highway. A higher toll makes it even more likely people will take the alternative. The best solution to the problem, close the current portion of Rt 11, let it return to nature and let people take the alternatives. Use the money to fix the traffic jams on I-95.
Dave Lersch April 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
That's OK, I'll take route 9 to Hartford. I will avoid traveling that route and won't be spending money along that corridor. FOLKS, THIS STATE's VOTING PUBLIC KEEPS ELECTING INCUMBENT POLITICIANS WHO HAVE RUN OUT OF NEW IDEAS AND CONTINUE TO DRIVE ITS CITIZENS INTO A DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL SECURITY WITH NEW FEES AND TAXES. WHY IS CT THE WORST STATE TO RETIRE TO?
Patch Adams April 29, 2012 at 05:11 AM
You seem to be as shortsighted a jackwagon as Anrea Stillman and her senate Democratic cohorts. This is indeed asinine proposed legislation. this truly marks a giant indication of the stupidity of legislators that support such antiquated thinking. But to wish people that live on Rt 85 experience increases in traffic is also rather juvenile and foolish. You seem as miopic as Stillman and her Democratic supporters. This is not the action of a true democracy.
Patch Adams April 29, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Agreed. What truly is wrong with ' user taxes " ? If one chooses to use that route for expediency or convenient access, you should pay for the maintenance of that road. that is a centuries old principle. But today's legislatures find ways to put the tool moneys, when available, into the general fund to abuse all the more. This is exactly what Tea Party Patriots are screaming about. Non-representative, irresponsible, perk laden legislators serving their own desires.
Patch Adams April 29, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Excellent factual info Corey ! Shows what fabricators most of the legislators are. Stillman wants some legacy apparently, similar to Obama. Who remembers me for how I screwed things up for the citizens I am supposed to represent ?
Patch Adams April 29, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Not such bad ideas, other than leaving the current Rt 11 alone. It still has great purpose, should one choose to use it. It does expedite emergency traffic quite a bit from New London to Hartford as that is necessary for ambulance work.
Patch Adams April 29, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Because the legislators and administration is antiquated and non-representative of the people that live in this state. Malloy is just another Obama. Few of his decisions and policies truly are agreed on by the citizens of CT. The Tea Party knows this and represents the concept of accountability in all governance.
JCK7997 April 29, 2012 at 02:43 PM
How many of those legislators making these decisions have actually traveled Rte. 11?!? What a waste of money, Where is the money coming from to install these tolls?? Being a government job, I'm certain it will cost a few million. Collecting tolls would take years to start making any sort of profit after recovering the installation costs to just start it up (I'm hoping that is part of the plan). Not including the reduction to the already few vehicles that travel it that are going to travel an extra 5 minutes to use Route 2 instead. This plan is almost as crazy as that busway to no-where that they want to build....that a whole different waste of it's own money, I'm not gonna go there!
Fatso April 29, 2012 at 08:56 PM
$1 billion for 8 miles? Wow. And there is absolutely no way that funds collected from this proposed toll would go toward paying down that debt. It would make things more convenient for some if it was completed but that's a steep price. And providing this regime another method of taxing us, great idea. Go ahead, open pandoras box of electronic tolls. In theory, having those that use the road be responsible (via tolls) pay for the road may make sense. But come on, be realistic.

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