Connecticut Gets Help to Fix Bridges After Floods

May 4, 2010 Updated: May 4, 2010

Connecticut  received $1 million in emergency relief funds from the federal government to repair bridges and roads damaged by floods.

"The extreme flooding in Connecticut this spring significantly damaged two bridges and many roads," said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood in a press release. "Providing emergency relief like this will help the state move forward with repairs while it continues with damage assessments."

One bridge, over Whiteford’s Brook in Stonington, Connecticut, was destroyed by floods in late March. The other, in New London, will get underwater supports reinforcement, after it was weakened by scour, a process of soil erosion by fast waters. About 6,000 drivers need the two bridges every day, according to the Department of Transportation.

"These quick release funds will ensure that Connecticut can start working on these important projects immediately,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez in a statement. "Our mission is to help the state get these bridges and roads fixed so life in these communities can get back to normal.”