Connecticut: A Success Story

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 9, Pg. 57-59

Document Type: Feature article


The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) had warned the state legislature that its highways and bridges would continue to deteriorate without increased funds for inspection, maintenance and construction. Such reports were ignored until the Mianus River Bridge collapse in 1983 prompted enactment of the Infrastructure Renewal Program, funded by a Special Transportation Fund for $5.5 billion over 10 years. A little over $1 billion is earmarked for bridge rehabilitation. Because ConnDOT did not have the manpower, the Commissioner cut all red tape and appointed two civil engineering firms as Consulting Liaison Engineers (CLE's) to supervise 40 design firms to begin the work on an emergency fast track basis. Now in its third year, the program is successfully rehabilitating roads and bridges, including local ones, in every part of the state.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure construction | Consulting services | Highway bridges | Bridge failures | Rehabilitation | Legislation | Deterioration | Inspection | Connecticut | United States

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