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Gov: Adding highway lanes will generate billions in economic benefits for CT

Governor Dannel Malloy is touting a new analysis of his transportation improvement plan which says the state's economy will benefit dramatically from widening Interstate 84 in Danbury and elsewhere.  Malloy says the assessment by the state Department of Transportation shows that by adding travel lanes on various roadways, the economy will see nearly $40 billion in benefits. 

 

He notes that's about four times the cost of the projects. 

 

Malloy says the economic benefits of the I-84 widening project between Danbury and Waterbury will produce $4.4 billion in new business sales, add $2.6 billion to Connecticut's gross state product and add $1.8 billion in new wage income to workers. 

 

The total cost of that project is $1.5 billion and will support 4,000 construction jobs.