Malloy: Connecticut can fund transportation projects for month as Congress debates trust fund


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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut can cover the cost of various ongoing transportation projects on its own for about a month.

But if a deal isn't reached in Washington to address a shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, he said Thursday the state cannot go out to bid with 85 projects planned for next year. The list includes highway, mass transit and rail improvements, such as replacement of catenary wires along the New Haven Line.

If the funding issue lasts a longer time, Malloy said existing transit and highway projects could also be impacted.

Malloy made the comments after meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and members of Connecticut's congressional delegation.

Foxx visited Connecticut and Rhode Island to encourage the public to push Congress to address the shortfall.

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