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Strong transportation support is very important at the Bond Commission meeting next week.   The agenda is packed with transportation funding.  Additionally, there will be opposition to the $10 million for the study to provide accurate information on tolling. Bond Commission MeetingLegislative Office Building 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford (there is plenty of parking this time of year) Room 1E 10am Wednesday, July 25, 2018 When it comes to the tolling: A study and accurate information on tolling in Connecticut is important Several legislators complained that there was a lack of information during the last legislative session All funding options should be on the table until Connecticut’s transportation funding shortfall is addressed Connecticut needs a long-term user-based funding stream to support its transportation needs Connecticut should be planning now for the futurePlease bring as many members, employees, supervisors, leaders, apprentices, and other transportation supporters as possible. 07/20/2018

United Rentals sees soaring profits in second quarterBy Paul SchottUnited Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rentals company, saw profits and revenues rise in the past quarter, according to its latest earnings report released this week.Second-quarter profits jumped to $183 million, nearly double from a year ago, reflecting the U.S. tax reform passed last year. Revenues for the past three months reached $1.89 billion, up 18 percent from the same period in 2017.Equipment rentals accounted for 86 percent of total revenues. The equipment category’s revenues rose 19 percent year-over-year, totaling about $1.63 billion.“We were very pleased with the momentum of our business in the second quarter, as strong gains in volume and rates helped drive better than 11 percent growth in ‘pro forma’ rental revenue,” United CEO Michael Kneeland said in a statement. “Importantly, demand remained robust across our construction and industrial verticals in both the U.S. and Canada.”Acqui

Westport: Repairs coming soon for Cribari Bridge 07/19/2018

WESTPORT — The creaky Cribari Bridge, the oldest movable span bridge in Connecticut, will be getting some attention The Connecticut Department of Transportation has informed Town Hall that the bridge has failed its last inspection and that “immediate repairs” are needed. The Cribari Bridge carries Route 134 over the Saugatuck River; it’s also known by most Westporters as the Bridge Street Bridge The bridge was erected when Chester A. Arthur was president and it has been the scene of numerous minor accidents over the years, according to state DOT reports. The DOT says that during an inspection several weeks ago, “structural deficiencies were discovered both in the substructure and ornamental truss structure.”The DOT says that work to repair the deficiencies will begin on July 30, and will take about six weeks to complete. Most of the work will take place between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., closing it to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic during those hours. Also, marine traffic req

Malloy does what legislators won't: Orders $10 million study of tolling 07/18/2018

KEITH M. PHANEUF | CT MIRRORGov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered state agencies Tuesday to develop a comprehensive, $10 million study of electronic tolling that would examine pricing, locations, and the potential to capture revenue from out-of-state motorists.The governor cannot implement tolls without legislative approval. Nonetheless his order resurrects many elements of a tolling measure that died on the House of Representatives' calendar when lawmakers adjourned on May 9.Malloy, who is not seeking re-election, said "During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation. … As Connecticut's General Assembly and next governor consider how to address the future of our state's transportation funding, this study and plan will prove to be invaluable in their endeavor to make an informed decision."The study would:Assess the i