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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.

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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