HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Governor Ned Lamont is getting ready to release another revised transportation plan; however, many details have already been leaked out.

Lamont has been talking about releasing a new transportation plan for a few months now.

He said the state can’t cut back on maintaining its bridges, and the special transportation fund goes broke in four years.

The governor had a tough time pushing his first plan, mainly because of tolls. One plan included over 50 gantries, but the latest is scaled back.

The new plans would spend $21 billion over 10 years to fix highways, bridges, Metro-North, the Hartford Line, and buses.

The revised plan calls for 14 tolls that would generate about $300 million a year, and would include $4 to $5 billion in federal borrowing.

Tolls would go up along I-95 in Stamford, Norwalk, West Haven, East Lyme, and the Gold Star Bridge connecting New London and Groton.

Gantries would also be on I-84 in Newtown, Waterbury, West Hartford and the Charter Oak Bridge in Hartford, and on I-395 in Plainfield, Route 8 in Waterbury, Route 9 in Middletown, I-684 in Greenwich and the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk.

"I appreciate what the governor has done reducing tolls, but tolls are still very problematic in my mind. They are not going to come down in the foreseeable future," said Republican Minority Leader Len Fasano.

The cost of the tolls for cars would be between $0.50 and $1. In-state residents with an EZ-pass would get a 20 percent discount. Tractor trailers would pay seven times the car rate.

“How are we going to improve our economy? How are we going to improve the safety of our roads and bridges throughout the state of Connecticut, and if the plan does that, I’m all in,” said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, House Speaker.

Aresimowicz could have a tough time convincing fellow Democrats that voting for tolls won’t cost them re-election, and Republicans have said repeatedly they don’t want tolls.

“The public has already been taxed to death, and so tolls is just not a real appealing solution for the state of Connecticut,” said Rep. Vinnie Candelora.

Tolls would eventually be taken down when the project is finished and the debt paid off, but that could be close to 30 years, according to the plan. 

Lamont would like this to be voted on in a special session, but that's unlikely given the holidays are right around the corner. 

The new plan is expected to be released at 9 a.m. on Thursday.  

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(5) comments

Mediaputana

Its amazing these democrats continue to tax us to death without mentioning any cuts whatsoever. The media in CT gives them a pass. The state workforce could be cut by 30% and no one would notice. Cut the overpaid, under worked, lazy union highway workers that do nothing but cause traffic. 10 people to do the work of 2

Logicandreason101

Tolls should only be on roads that go through the state, i-95 and i-84.

HondasSuck

Also- Why are there not proposed tolls on I91? You think to pay for and encourage use of the Hartford commuter rail, they'd put tolls on that leg. Democrats- no common sense.

HondasSuck

Charter Oak Bridge? Simple- I'll start commuting via the Founders Bridge instead. Or even take 291 to work.

As I've said MANY TIMES BEFORE - No double taxation. If you want tolls, remove the gas tax that unfairly favors electric vehicles that aren't paying their fair share to use the roads.

Feddup

"Tolls would eventually be taken down...". Can remember hearing something similar from 30 years ago regarding the temporary state income tax. We are being played for phools pholks.

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