Connecticut DOT says transportation capital program needs more funding

Connecticut pumps nearly $1.6 billion in new state and federal money into its transportation capital program each year.

The problem, Department of Transportation officials testified Monday, is that to make all repairs and the strategic enhancements needed to to transform the aging, overcrowded system, Connecticut needs to find 30 percent more.

DOT officials also told a key legislative panel that Connecticut is barely treading water with its current capital program. In other words, the average condition of roads, bridges and rail lines is being maintained roughly the same.