Here are the bridges to be rebuilt by tolls, and the cost to cross them

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These are the 14 bridges that would be rebuilt or improved with money raised by tolls under Gov. Ned Lamont’s new CT2030 plan. The exact placement of the tolling gantries is unclear — though one of them is effectively in New York, thanks to an oddity of the interstate highway system.

Base charges would be 50 cents or $1 for cars, $1.25 to $2.50 for medium-sized trucks and $3.50 to $7 for heavy trucks, with a 20-percent discount with a Connecticut EZ pass transponder.

Within a 24-hour period, any vehicle equipped with a transponder would not pay more than one round-trip user fee per gantry. Commuters without a transponder will be billed by mail and pay a 25% to 50% higher rate.
With a discount, the car ride from New Haven to Greenwich on I-95 would hit three 40-cent tolls and cost an EZ Pass holder $1.20. A drive between Danbury and Waterbury would hit two tolls and could cost between 80 cents and $1.60.

One of the bridges with minimal impact on Connecticut commuters carries I-684 across the Byram River in Greenwich. It is located in Connecticut, but it is on a stretch of I-684 that  juts into New York and cannot be accessed from any local road in the state. In fact, New York plows the stretch during snow storms, but Connecticut is responsible for the upkeep of the bridge.

These are the projects to be financed  by tolls and their construction cost.

  • I-95 over Metro-North in Stamford. Cost: $20 million to $25 million.
  • I-95 in Norwalk and Westport. Cost: $70 million to $130 million.
  • I-95 West Haven, reconstructing Exit 43 and replace bridge over Metro-North. Cost $65 million  to $90 million.
  • I-95 East Lyme, interchange improvements and bridge replacement. Cost: $140 million to $220 million.
  • I-95 New London and Groton, Gold Star bridge reconstruction. Cost: $300 million to $415 million.
  • I-84 Newtown,  reconstruct Rochambeau Bridge over the Housatonic River. Cost: $70 million to $110 million.
  • I-84 Waterbury, reinforcing the mixmaster. $235 million to $260 million.
  • I-84 West Hartford, replacing crossing over Berkshire Road. Cost $75 million to $110 million.
  • I-91 Hartford, Charter Oak Bridge improvements. Cost: $300 million to $330 million.
  • I-395 Plainfield, reconstruction bridge over Moosup River. Cost: $15 million to $20 million.
  • Route 8 Waterbury, strengthen bridges south of Mixmaster. Cost: $20 million to $35 million.
  • Route 9 Middletown, elevate highway and remove traffic lights. $90 million to $160 million.
  • I-684 Greenwich, bridge over Byram River. Cost: $12.9 million.
  • Route 15 Norwalk, improve connections between Route 15 and Route 7. Cost: $160 million to $200 million.
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Joanna Cooper November 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

It looks like we in Norwalk will have two tolls. One on 95 and one on 15. How is it possible? That’s our leadership. Wow! Thanks Duff and Rilling! You really know how to stand up for Norwalk. NOT! It’s beyond comprehension the damage you are doing to ruin our quality of life. Disgusting!

John ONeill November 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Mark: Thanks for you piece. However, it would be helpful to bring up a couple of points:
The State Transportation fund has been raided directly or indirectly to the tune of $ 1.50 BILLION Dollars over the past 10 years. Don’t you find it amusing that Lamont pulled $ 175 Million away from STF this year, but wanted $ 100 Million from Bonding to go towards STF this year? If you don’t follow this stuff closely, you might not believe it. BUT, it’s true. The REAL reason for tolling (and bridges will only be the beginning) is Democrats are running out of creative ways to balance the budget on revenue side. The Hospital Tax Settlement (probably about $ 1.6 BILLION) is proof of that. Malloy and Ben Barnes were using Hospital Tax Magic to balance budgets during their reign. Taxpayers should read up on that. It truly is something right out of Bernie Madoff playbook. The fact that our elected leaders allowed that to happen is a disgrace. I would love to hear Bob Duff and Co. explain that one. So, we now find ourselves in a financial box with little wiggle room. We can adjust revenue side (tolls, taxes, etc.) Or we can adjust on the cost side (state cutbacks) — IF anyone truly believes tolls will be limited, they haven’t followed CT politics. For those believers I have swamp land in Florida I’d like to sell. FOR ONCE, I would like elected officials to be truthful with us. Is that too much to ask? Stand up and tell us the truth. Hartford needs tolls to balance the General Fund because spending has not been disciplined over the years. AND LASTLY, how can we take any of this seriously when the last two State Comptrollers don’t have a resume that would get them hired as a staff accountant at a small business. (Look it up) You can’t make this stuff up.

George November 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Do you think we can trust anything Malloy…I mean Lamont says? First he was only going to have trucks pay tolls. Then it was out of state cars and trucks..both of which are illegal on a Federal Interstate Highway. Then it was tolls every mile and next it is this bs bridge crap. Oh, and the 20 percent “discount” for what Ct residents already pay for via gas tax…I think you mean to say a 100 percent tax increase…your pc term called user fee.

Most of us see thru Lamont’s plan. If passed there will be more than 14 tolls of which border tolls are also not allowed. The I-684 toll is on the border.

So what happens if trucking companies start switching to rail service up into the Northeast or avoid CT all together? You do know trucking companies have avoided CT before the tolls were removed right?

So, there goes your truck tolls, your fuel tax and other services truckers use. Just like the insurance companies, GE, RBS,UBS and countless others they will avoid doing business in and with CT.

But having tolls and the already raided transportion lock box is just another attempt of shaking the magic money tree in the hopes of “if we tax it they will come”

John ONeill November 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

@Michael — Yes, I would. If taxes were projected to be raised, the discussion on state spending might get more attention. Don’t you think?
How in the world can some politicians cry for tolls while diverting funds away from Transportation Fund. That is beyond ludicrous. Don’t you think?
As mentioned above Creative Revenue generation schemes are drying up. Tolls may be the final tool in Democrat toolbox.

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