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Suit challenges Walk Bridge plan in federal court 01/18/2018

A localconservation group has sued the state and federal governments over their plan to replace the Walk Bridge over Norwalk River. In the civil action filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Wednesday, the Norwalk Harbor Keeper and Fred Krupp maintain the defendants failed to conduct “an adequate environmental review” of the project.The lawsuit names the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration and the Connecticut Department of Transportation as defendants.Last August, as part of compliance with the Connecticut and National Environmental Policy acts, the DOT and FTA published a Finding of No Significant Impact and Record of Decision. The reports concluded that the proposed vertical-lift span replacement bridge would have no significant impact on the environment.Norwalk Harbor Keeper believes otherwise.“The wrongful, inadequate NEPA analyses performed by the Defendants in selecting a bridge design failed to consider the reasonable alt

Ponemah Mill phase 2 renovation receives financing confirmation 01/17/2018

Norwich — The developer of the Ponemah Mill renovation project in Taftville announced Wednesday it has received confirmation of a state-approved financing package for the second phase of construction totaling 121 apartments.OneKey LLC, the construction management team for The Lofts at Ponemah Mills, announced it has received the commitment letter for a construction mortgage from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.The financing package for the 121-unit second phase includes $6.1 million from the state Department of Housing, $8.6 million from CHFA and $4.16 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. The project involves the renovation of the northern half of the giant Ponemah Mill No. 1 building in the historic Taftville mill complex located on Route 97 on the banks of the Shetucket River.In addition to the state financing, the project will receive both federal and state historic tax credits. The Norwich City Council approved a 15-year property tax phase-in agreement throug

Please join us for the next Transportation Forum with the 2018 Democratic and Unaffiliated Candidates for Governor of Connecticutat the Aqua Turf Club, Friday, January 19, 2018.                                                        Bring as many people as you can!                                                         Buffet Breakfast Provided Starting At 8:00I hope you can join us to show your support for transportation!!!For questions about the program, please contact Don Shubertat dshubert@ctconstruction.orgor at 860-529-6855. 01/16/2018

Getting There: Blame Legislature, not governor, for transportation project delaysFare hikes, rail service cuts and a freeze on transportation projects. As he promised in December, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced them all last week.Rail commuters and highway drivers are understandably outraged, but they should direct their anger not at the governor or the state Department of Transportation, but instead at the Legislature.Why now?This funding crisis has been years in the making, exacerbated 20 years ago when lawmakers’ political pandering saw them lower the gasoline tax. Coupled with better gas mileage and increased use of electric cars, the Special Transportation Fund (STF), which pays for our roads and rails, has been running out of money. By next year, it will be in a deficit.Raids on the STFMalloy’s critics are quick to blame him, correctly noting he raided the STF for money to balance the state’s budget. But so did former Govs. M. Jodi Rell and John Rowland. Blaming their past mi