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feature Major transportation initiatives in Connecticut A balanced approach By Anthony Moretti, P.E., Parsons Brinckerhoff As transportation policy and planning discussions prioritize future investments in Connecticut’s infrastructure, one need only to look at a few of the ongoing major transportation initiatives in the New Haven area to see how a balanced and multimodal approach is improving mobility and safety throughout our state and region, as well as encouraging economic development and growing jobs. The premier example is the $2 billion I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor (NHHC) Improvement Program, a project of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), which includes operational, safety, and capacity improvements to more than seven miles of Interstate 95 in New Haven, East Haven, and Branford. The improvements are highlighted by a new signature bridge over the Quinnipiac River (the “Q Bridge”) and the reconstruction of the I-95/I-91/Route 34 interchange in New Haven. Providing transportation alternatives to commuters is an important component of managing traffic during construction. As such, a new train station serving Shore Line East (SLE) commuters was constructed in New Haven in advance of major highway reconstruction. In addition, SLE station improvements were completed in Branford, Guilford, Madison, and Clinton. The efficient movement of goods in and out of the New Haven port area was also addressed as part of program construction. Existing interchange and ramp configurations were revised to improve highway and local road access for truck traffic entering and exiting the many port facilities. The ”Q Bridge” program is approximately 40 percent complete and is currently building $18 million per month in concrete, steel, and asphalt. It is estimated that the program will support an average of 5,500 jobs per year through 2016 when construction is scheduled for completion. To complement that major highway expansion in New Haven, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program (also a project of ConnDOT) is progressing towards providing new passenger rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield in 2016. The regional vision is to expand intercity rail service across New England and the Northeast linking into the high-speed Northeast Corridor. The nearly $650 million NHHS program includes track and signal improvements, bridge and drainage upgrades, nearly 25 miles of double-tracking, safety improvements to 38 grade crossings, and station improvements to eight existing stations, as well as four future stations. The new service will stimulate transit-oriented development, improve opportunities for businesses to access expanded markets and contribute to overall community vitality. Several municipalities along the corridor are already progressing plans to maximize station connectivity and stimulate investment in their downtowns. It is expected that over 8,000 jobs, both direct and indirect, will be generated by NHHS construction. To support the growth in rail service and ensure that the expanding fleet of new rail CONNstruction / Fall 2011 / 23

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Riding on Private Investments
Clean Water Fund Helps Create Infrastructure Jobs and Grow the State’s Economy
Public PLAs – Good or Bad?
Bioscience Connecticut Initiative: A Timely Investment
Shovel ready
Aiding economic growth
Wearing two hats
Jammed roadways and full trains
Major transportation initiatives in Connecticut
The Young Contractors Forum Summer Meeting
Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Golf Outing
Connecticut Environmental and Utilities Contractors Association Spring Luncheon Meeting
The Connecticut Road Builders Association Spring Dinner Meeting
Connecticut Ready Mixed Concrete Association Annual Meeting
CTASLA/CCPC Pervious Concrete Workshop
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CONNstruction - Fall 2011