For Immediate Release: June 27, 2008
TSTC Statement on 25th Anniversary of the Mianus River Bridge Collapse
"As we remember the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the tragic Mianus River Bridge collapse, we urge ConnDOT to invest transportation dollars into our existing roadways and bridges, and take infrastructure maintenance very seriously,” said Ryan Lynch, Connecticut Coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional transportation policy watchdog group.
“ConnDOT spends only 22% of its transportation dollars on maintaining existing infrastructure, while 36% is dedicated to highway expansion projects, a dangerous allocation of funds in a state with some of the worst bridges in the country. Other states in the region invest much more into sustaining their existing roads, highways, bridges and transit systems -- we should follow their lead," said Lynch.
A Campaign analysis of federal data shows that Connecticut bridge conditions have worsened over the last decade. 1,400 of Connecticut's 4,175 bridges -- more than a third of them -- were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in 2007, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Nationwide, about 25% of bridges fall into these categories.
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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit policy watchdog organization working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.