Martin M. Looney

Senate President Pro Tempore

Martin M. Looney

An Advocate for Us

April 2, 2019

Looney, Paolillo Applaud State Investment in Grand Ave. Bridge

HARTFORD – Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Representative Al Paolillo (D-New Haven) said today that among the $190 million in Connecticut transportation infrastructure improvements approved by the State Bond Commission today is money for bridge repairs to the Grand Avenue Bridge in New Haven.

The state will provide $12.5 million to repair the Grand Avenue Bridge over the Quinnipiac River.

“This transportation project is a critical investment for New Haven,” said Sen. Looney. “The Grand Avenue Bridge is an idyllic fixture of the community which will now be refurbished to serve another generation. I want to thank Governor Lamont for stepping in and helping the city fund this undertaking.”

“The Grand Avenue Bridge is a historical landmark and serves as a vital connection point for commerce and transportation in our area,” said Rep. Paolillo. “This $25.5 million transformational project will help set the economic landscape with jobs during construction and after the project is completed. A lot of work has gone into the rehabilitation plans and I thank Sen. Looney, our City Engineer Giovanni Zinn and everyone who has moved this project forward. Residents and businesses will be kept updated on the rehabilitation progress.”

On Tuesday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, the State Bond Commission approved:

  • $69 million to resurface 442 lane-miles of roadway this summer
  • $48.9 million for “Fix-it-First,” interstate highway, and state bridge improvements projects
  • $30 million in town aid road (TAR) grants to cities and towns for local road projects
  • $21.8 million for various local bridge repairs in 19 different cities and towns
  • $20 million to upgrade the Cos Cob Bridge in Greenwich, which carries the Metro North Railroad over the Mianus River
  • $55 million in grants to cities and towns for various municipal projects
  • $20 million for the Crumbling Foundations Assistance Fund
  • $2.6 million for police body cameras and media storage
  • $800,000 for improvements to the state Veterans Cemetery in Middletown