State transportation chief outlines priorities for overhaul

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The commissioner of Connecticut’s Transportation Department is outlining priorities in the governor’s 30-year plan to overhaul highways, bridges and rail lines.

Commissioner James Redeker says the plan for railways includes upgrading Civil War-era tracks and ties and a bridge over the Connecticut River that he describes as the biggest pinch point for Amtrak between Boston and Washington.

Redeker told a legislative committee on Thursday that the 30-year, $100 billion plan also calls for widening Interstate 95 across the length of Connecticut and I-84 from the New York line to Hartford. He said I-84 will need the most work of all the highways in Connecticut because of its condition.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said improving the state’s aging infrastructure will be a key focus of his second term.

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