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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Hosts Chairman Shuster in Hartford to Discuss Infrastructure Improvements

September 12, 2016
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) hosted Chairman Bill Shuster (PA-09) in Hartford to discuss a 100 year solution to the infrastructure challenges in the Greater Hartford region. They were joined by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)Commissioner James P. RedekerHartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc. 

“Infrastructure is not a partisan issue, but an American issue,” said Larson. “Our roads, highways, bridges, and transit systems are the arteries of our nation, but they are badly clogged. I am grateful to have Chairman Shuster in my district to see firsthand the challenges Hartford and the surrounding cities face, and I appreciate his commitment to strengthening our nation's infrastructure. He offered valuable insights about the power of long-term infrastructure projects to revitalize the economy and put Americans back to work. With the right investment, we can recapture our riverfront, repair crumbling roadways, and provide a solution for the region’s congestion problems for the next 100 years.”  

“In communities across the country, strengthening our infrastructure goes hand in hand with improving the economy and creating jobs,” said Shuster.  “I appreciated the opportunity to talk with local officials and hear about the needs of the region, and I will continue to work with all my colleagues in Congress to improve our transportation systems and build a better foundation for growth.”

“Throughout Connecticut, we have aging infrastructure and a dire need to do something about it,” said Esty. “Antiquated and congested transportation systems aren’t just a safety hazard; they lead to wasted fuel and increased costs, and they take commuters away from their jobs and their families. I’m so grateful to Chairman Shuster for joining us this morning to discuss bipartisan solutions for repairing and revitalizing our aging infrastructure. Together, we can build a world-class transportation system that creates jobs and spurs economic growth in Connecticut and across the country.”

“The importance of infrastructure can't be understated,” said Leclerc. “Proper planning has the potential to make highly desirable land available for development in our town. The City of Hartford and the Town of East Hartford are the crossroads of New England and we carry the most significant volume of traffic on our highways, roads, and bridges. For too long we have made temporary patches to longstanding problems. We need an abiding solution that will have positive economic, employment, and quality of life benefits for our region.”