Bridgeport To Get $14.6M For Infrastructure, Economic Development Projects From State

The state bond commission has officially approved a $14.6 million award the City of Bridgeport to be used for infrastructure and economic development.

Mayor Joe Ganim attended the Tuesday, Dec. 11 state bond commission meeting, and a number of projects’ funding has already been approved. The Sikorsky airport will receive $7 million in infrastructure improvements, and the Congress Street Bridge will get $3.7 million for reconstruction.

Additionally, $2.28 is allocated to supporting Bridgeport’s “coastal resiliency.”

The approved bonding also allocates $1 million to the demolition of the former Remington Arms industrial site on Barnum Avenue, which will help toward citywide environmental efforts. DuPont Chemical Corporation also has a legal obligation to fund environmental cleanup at the former factory site upon demolition completion. Authorities say this decontamination will promote economic development and job creation, “breathing new life” into the currently defunct Remington factory space.

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