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Bates toured the state's coastal communities last summer, encouraging their elected
officials to convey what their construction
needs are so that the Port Authority can get
a clearer picture of the infrastructure needs
along the shoreline.
"We're getting a handle on how much
need there is and how many projects need
to get moving," Bates says.
'We've got to build'
Until 2015, Connecticut was one of the
only Eastern Seaboard states with a coastline and no statewide port authority. The
ports were previously under the jurisdiction
of the state Department of Transportation.
Even though Connecticut is a maritime
state, it had not been active enough in
marketing its ports in the local and global
A 2013 report by the University of
Connecticut found that maritime-related
commerce jobs provide nearly $7 billion in
economic output and sustains about 40,000
jobs in Connecticut.
In June 2014, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a
bill to create a comprehensive port authority
for the state.
CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY
at a Glance
1. Housatonic River Dredging Project:
2. North Cove Dredging Project:
3. Mianus River Dredging Project:
4. New Haven Deepening
Feasibility Study: $1.5 million
5. Small Harbor Improvement
Program (SHIP) grants:
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