HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- On Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont highlighted a new project meant to improve the state's transportation infrastructure.
Gov. Ned Lamont and the Dept. of Transportation announced the start of the ‘Congestion Buster project’ on I-91 north in Hartford.
He says he is determined to fix the notorious problem areas of traffic congestion in Connecticut.
The overhaul involves relocating and constructing a new two-lane exit ramp.
"We need to make a major impact on our infrastructure, our traffic, and our public safety," said West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor.
Leaders said this will double the capacity, and hopefully relieve the bottleneck problem.
“This is something we've been looking at for quite a long time, it's dangerous, it creates congestion, it slows things up and we just clipped the ribbon on it, it will be done in the next 30 months,” Lamont said.
Tens of thousands of drivers, navigate congested highways and bridges throughout the state.
Lamont has been trying to rally support for tolls, which he said can pay for these kinds of transportation projects.
However, protestors delivered a petition to his office Thursday with 100,000 signatures opposing tolls.
Some lawmakers also remain as divided as taxpayers.
"They'll do anything they can to avoid a tough vote, they'd love to borrow more, love to have a study and we are pushing hard," Lamont said.
The legislative session will be over in a few weeks, and Lamont still has some work to do to get Democrats to support tolls.
Standing next to the Charter Oak Bridge on Friday, business leaders made their own pitch.
"It has been the issue for 10 years in the business community in Fairfield county. Investing in infrastructure, this is a bigger issue than taxes for economic development,” said Joe McGee, of the Fairfield County Business Council.
Lamont's plan for tolls includes up to 50 gantries on the state's major highways -- I-84, I-91, I-95, and Route 15.
There was talk of excluding the Merritt to please some in Fairfield County, but that is off the table now.