Report: 300 CT bridges in desperate need of repair

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Three-hundred bridges across Connecticut are in desperate need of repair, according to a new report from national transportation research group TRIP.

Those 300 structurally deficient bridges carry more than 4.3 million cars daily. The report says 59 percent of Connecticut bridges are over 50 years old and are in a state of disrepair.

Lawmakers and speakers were in Hartford Thursday to address the looming crisis.

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Some speakers referenced the 1983 Mianus River Bridge collapse on Interstate 95 in Greenwich as a reminder of the importance of fixing aging bridges. In that tragedy, part of the bridge collapsed into the water, killing three drivers and causing major damage.

One speaker stressed that if Connecticut wants to bring businesses back to the state, it needs to have infrastructure that works.

Connecticut drivers should note that the report is not suggesting motorists are in immediate peril, and that state transportation engineers monitor all structures and would close any bridges if deemed unsafe for driving.

On Election Day, state residents will get a chance to vote on a measure creating a fund, or "lockbox," to pay for infrastructure repairs and transportation projects.

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