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.