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March 28, 2018

Construction coalition ad campaign spotlights CT’s infrastructure crisis

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A coalition of construction unions and trade associations said they launched a seven-figure advertising campaign Wednesday to bring attention to Connecticut’s infrastructure crisis.

Move CT Forward plans to underscore how poorly state leaders have managed Connecticut’s infrastructure, while allowing it to “deteriorate.” A television ad titled “Broken Windows” began airing today, in addition to new ads on radio and online, they said.

The coalition comprises the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 478 and the New England Region of Laborers International Union of America.

Don Shubert, president of  CCIA, pressed lawmakers for immediate action after they have neglected roads and bridges across the state.

The coalition said the state has suspended $4.3 billion in transportation projects due to funding shortages.

“The economic well-being of Connecticut, as well as the safety of Connecticut’s 3.5 million residents is at stake,” Shubert said. “This effort will not stop until Hartford has acted to fix these issues.”

The coalition said it is prioritizing an “immediate fix” and long-term solutions for the current revenue shortfall in the state’s Special Transportation Fund. It wasn’t immediately clear what policy actions they support.

In his final year in office, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has pushed for Connecticut highway tolls, saying the only way to fix the state’s transportation system issues is to raise new revenues to support roads and bridge projects.

Malloy has also proposed a 7-cents-per-gallon hike in the state's 25-cent gasoline tax, which he also has said would elevate the state's transportation fund.

Connecticut roads are ranked among the worst across the nation, according to national transportation research group TRIP. The group reports that 57 percent of the state’s roads are in “poor condition” and 33 percent of bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.”

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