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Opinion: Connecticut’s highways are full: we need fewer of them

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

To anyone who has ever suffered through the morning gridlock that is I-95 in Fairfield County, inched their way across the Bulkeley Bridge in the late afternoon, or tried to get through Waterbury at any time of the day or night, this comes as no surprise: Connecticut’s roads are among the most congested in the country.

A recent report by TRIP, a national transportation think tank, ranked Connecticut eighth on the list of most congested urban interstates; we also made the list of the ten states with the most structurally deficient interstate bridges. In short: our roads are choked and our bridges are in bad repair. Fantastic.

Unsurprisingly, this is because Connecticut’s roads are among the busiest; when it comes to daily travel per lane mile we’re third, behind only California and Maryland. Being in a class with the home of the asphalt nightmare of Los Angeles and the state that contains the majority of the dreaded Capital Beltway isn’t really a cause for celebration.

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  1. Peter I Berman

    High traffic reflects both our “corridor” status to New England and that only a few CT cities/towns have high paying jobs in one of the nation’s most densely populated areas. So why be surprised at high traffic volumes ? Be cheerful. The continuing exodus of firms, jobs and people from CT will eventually bring “traffic relief” and “reduced carbon emissions”.

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