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MAYOR BRONIN OUTLINES CITY’S FISCAL CRISIS (“Very Difficult, Very Painful Changes” Necessary to Address Structural Deficit in FY16 and Beyond)

(February 23, 2016) This evening, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin outlined the City of Hartford’s fiscal challenges at the Hartford Public Library during remarks kicking off the People’s Budget Workshops, which provides an opportunity for residents to participate in the Budget process.  
 
Mayor Bronin stated, “The City of Hartford has had a large structural budget gap for years, but it’s been hidden with one-time fixes like selling parking garages and raiding reserve funds, while taxes climbed higher. We can’t do that anymore. We have a responsibility to build Hartford’s future on a solid foundation, and there’s no way to do that without making some very difficult, very painful changes.” 
 
According to current projections, Hartford is facing a shortfall of approximately $9 million in the current year, despite approximately $12 million of unexpected revenue from a bond sale in 2015. The city faces a gap of approximately $32 million in the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1. The gap is projected to grow to over $48 million in FY18 and over $63 million in FY19, absent significant changes to the City’s cost structure.  
 
“The decisions we make in this year’s budget will determine whether Hartford is once again a healthy, growing city, or whether we accept a future of decline. I refuse to accept decline, and that means we need to tackle our challenges head-on,” Mayor Bronin said.
 
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Transportation Public Information Meeting

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Calendar Event Submission Form: 

Event Title: Notice Public Information Meeting, Rehabilitation of Bridge Nos. 03367, 03368, 01686A and the Sisson Avenue Interchange in the city of Hartford, Project Numbers 63-706, 63-707, 63-708. 

Event Date: February 23, 2016, inclement weather date March 1, 2016. 

Start Time: 7:00 p.m. 

End Time: No specific end 

Location: Greater Hartford Transit District, Office Conference Room, One Union Place, Hartford, Connecticut 06103 

Body: The Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting concerning the rehabilitation of Bridge Nos. 03367, 03368, 01686A and the Sisson Avenue Interchange, in the city of Hartford. Bridge Nos. 03367 and 03368 carry I-84 EB and WB, respectively between Exits 44 and 45 over CTfastrak, Amtrak, and Local Roads. Bridge No. 01686A carries I-84 EB and WB between Exits 51 and 53, over unpaved lots, Market Street, two ramps, and I-91 NB. The Sisson Avenue Interchange carries TR 823, TR 824, SR503, and I-84 over Amtrak, CTfastrak, and local roads at Exit 46. 

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., in the Greater Hartford Transit District Office Conference Room, 1 Union Place, Hartford, Connecticut. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. 

Project No. 63-705 involves the rehabilitation of Bridge Nos. 03367 and 03368, which were constructed in 1967 and rehabilitated in 1991. Project No. 63-707 involves the rehabilitation of Bridge No. 01686A which was constructed in 1961 and rehabilitated in 1980 and 1992. Project No. 63-708 involves the rehabilitation of Bridge Nos. 03399A to D, 03400A to D, 03401A, 03401B, 03402A, and 03402B, all were constructed in 1969. The plan is to repair deteriorated elements of each bridge to extended their service life. 

Maintenance and protection of traffic on I-84 can be accomplished with temporary off peak lane closures. Maintenance and protection of traffic for on and off ramps can be accomplished with off peak detours. Coordination with Amtrak officials will be required to minimize passenger rail disruptions. Coordination with CTfastrak will also be required to minimize disruption to the bus services. 

Construction is anticipated to commence in spring 2017 for Project No. 63-705, assuming availability of funding. The estimated construction cost is $7,000,000 and will use both State and Federal funds. 

Construction is anticipated to commence in fall 2017 for Project No. 63-707, assuming availability of funding. The estimated construction cost is $8,000,000 and will use both State and Federal funds. 

Construction is anticipated to commence in spring 2018 for Project No. 63-708, assuming availability of funding. The estimated construction cost is $26,000,000 and will use both State and Federal funds. 

The Public Information Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for the public’s participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have prior to progressing the proposed project into the Final Design Stage. 

Plans will be available for public review. Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss these projects. More detailed information is available at the Department's Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Anyone wishing to review the plans may contact Mr. Andrew J. Cardinali, Transportation Supervising Engineer, at (860) 594-3315. 

All persons interested in these projects are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the projects with Department personnel.

 

Contact Name: Andrew Cardinali 

Contact E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Contact Bureau: Bureau of Engineering and Construction

 

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