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Stamford road paving goes into overdrive 09/25/2017

STAMFORD - If you think the city hasn’t kept up with road paving, you’re right.And if you think it’s finally happening, right again.Mayor David Martin explains it this way: before he took office in 2013, the city was spending about $3 million a year to fix the streets, but the need was for twice that amount.In the first year of his term, Martin said he increased the amount to $5 million. In the second year, the city had to devote tens of millions of dollars to construction of a new school on Strawberry Hill Avenue and a new police headquarters on Bedford Street, so Martin said he reduced the road-repair budget to $2 million.In his third year, he raised it slightly to $2.5 million. “This year, we put $3.5 million in the budget, and we got an appropriation for another $2.5 million, for a total of $6 million,” said the mayor, who will run for a second term in the Nov. 7 election. So this is the first year in a long time that the city will spend what it should on repairing and re

Tolls would be required for Larson’s ‘big dig’ 09/22/2017

Connecticut abolished tollbooths more than 30 years ago, and every attempt to reinstate them since has been blown out of the water. But that would have to change, says U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, should his proposed underground highway system in Hartford become reality.For the last eight months Larson has talked to nearly every civic group, news editorial board, local business, municipal government, state agency, and federal office, trying to drum up support for his proposed $10 billion “big dig” project.So far, support has been hit or miss for the plan that would sink interstates 84 and 91 under the capitol city and the Connecticut River — creating tunnels east to west from Roberts Street in East Hartford to Flatbush Avenue in Hartford’s west end, and north to south from the Meadows to Frog Hollow, with a cloverleaf interchange somewhere underneath Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford. Federal funding is highly questionable, even from a presidential ad

Officials anticipate opening of downtown Meriden parking garage will create economic growth 09/21/2017

MERIDEN — City and state officials say the opening of the new parking garage on Colony Street over the weekend could spur future downtown economic growth.“It’s a very significant opening for a lot of reasons,” City Manager Guy Scaife said Monday. “Certainly, one more step in the direction of us having significant mass transportation with the opening of the rail station.”Scaife said the garage will provide optimal parking for commuters that will use the new train station, which is expected to open next month. Parking costs $7 a day and $40 a month. Parking is free on weekends and federal holidays. “It’s going to be economical,” he said. “It is safe, secure, and so close. It just brings a lot more people downtown, that creates demand for business.”The 96,275-square-foot, $8.8 million garage has 273 parking spaces, 48 of which are designated for residents of apartments at 24 Colony St. While tenants have been able to park in the garage since December, it opened to th