Friday, July 18, 2014

Crisco, Conroy: Improvements planned for Rte. 8 corridor

Project to focus on Derby, Ansonia
State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-Seymour, and state Sen. Joseph Crisco, D-Woodbridge, Thursday attended an informational meeting on the project (State Project #36-179) to improve safety and access along the Route 8 corridor in Derby and Ansonia. 

The meeting, hosted by the Valley Council of Governments, invited key stakeholders, such as businesses, property owners and police, to discuss issues surrounding the project.

“This project will help alleviate the traffic congestion in the area and will be an improvement for the area businesses and the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital,”  Conroy said.
“In addition, the state and local agencies will be working with homeowners to improve the communication process as the project moves forward.” 

The work will overhaul exits 16, 17, and 18 as they provide access to and from Route 8, including traffic flow and safety improvements to local streets.

“Route 8 is an economic lifeline between the largest city in Connecticut – Bridgeport – and the fifth-largest city in the state, Waterbury,” Crisco said. 
“Any project of this magnitude that involves state and federal funds, the reconstruction of four bridges and nearly four miles of new ramp and roadway construction should receive input from state and local officials and the public. I was happy to attend today's meeting.”  

The project is expected to cost $10-12 million and be split 80/20 between federal and state funding. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and with a target date of fall 2016 for completion.

This is a press release from the office of Connecticut House Democrats.

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