SWRPA's Highway Studies:
The Region's highway and bridge system faces the challenges of aging infrastructure, which demands more maintenance, rehabilitation and replacements, within a framework of diminishing resources and ever-increasing travel demand. Though significant investment in the State's system occurred under the Transportation Infrastructure Program in place since 1983, and there was increased federal transportation funding through federal transportation programs (ISTEA - Intermodal Safety and Efficiency Act 1991 - 1997, and TEA-21 - Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century 1997-2003), SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users) which covers 2005-2009 did not increase funding to Connecticut to keep pace with inflation. This means that federal funding for Connecticut is effectively flat in real dollar terms, as the needs exceed the funding that is available. The challenge is to get transportation systems operationally sufficient and into a state of good repair, to keep them functional, and to enhance and diversify systems to meet the needs of the 21st century while remaining sensitive to context and stakeholders.
The following three studies were executed by SWRPA with regard to highways in the South Western Region: