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Lawmaker holds meeting on I-84, I-91 tunnel project

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Congressman John Larson passionate about transportation and infrastructure in his pitch to fellow lawmakers about the proposed I-84 and I-91 tunnel project. That proposal would involve re-routing both interstates into underground tunnels. Congressman Larson said, “We need a tunnel development that will allow us to recapture our river front reunite the city of Hartford and create economic development on both sides of the river and ease traffic going through the city.” The system would connect Hartford to its waterfront, freeing up more land for development.

Hartford mayor Luke Bronin added, “This isn’t something that will have a five year impact, a ten year impact. These are decisions that will shape what we are as a region and as a state for many decades to come.” Bill Shuster, the chairman of the transportation & Infrastructure committee is taking a first-hand look at the state’s transportation challenges.

Congressman Bill Shuster told NEWS8, “You are completely congested here. It is one of the choke points in the northeast corridor being right between Boston and New York. It is one of the congested highways stretches in the country when you come through Connecticut.” He said it is important Connecticut has an efficient transportation system.

Congressman Shuster added, “There’s a federal role to play, not to do it all but to work closely with our partners in the state and local level to build these projects and keep our economy booming.” Congressman Larson told NEWS8 from start to finish the price tag will be about $10 billion dollars and thinks it would be money well spent.

Congressman Larson said, “This recaptures the river. It allows people to have access to the river. It creates road, bike, walk, bus, train, airport. all interconnected Hartford becomes a hub for the region. It will transform this region.” The department of transpiration is reviewing the proposal.

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