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Gov. Malloy postpones transportation projects

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HARTFORD -

Gov. Dannel Malloy says he's postponing $4.3 billion in transportation projects until state lawmakers approve more money for them.

The governor said Wednesday the projects are postponed indefinitely.

He called on the General Assembly to immediately appropriate money to the state's Special Transportation Fund, which finances transportation projects.

He says the fund will be in deficit by July.

The projects on hold include the widening of Interstate 95 from Bridgeport to Stamford, improvements to the Interstate 91-Route 15 interchange on the Charter Oak Bridge in Hartford and the replacement of the Interstate 84-Route 8 interchange in Waterbury.

Republican state Senate President Pro Tem Len Fasano blamed Malloy and Democratic lawmakers for the Transportation Fund deficit, saying they took $164 million from it to balance state budgets.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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