By Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s trying to keep everyone focused on the need to overhaul Connecticut’s aging transportation infrastructure.

The Democrat met with reporters Monday underneath the Interstate 84 viaduct in Hartford. The Department of Transportation said it’s the busiest section of highway in Connecticut, serving more than 175,000 vehicles daily. It was built between 1959 and 1969 for an anticipated 55,000 vehicles a day.

Funding to design a rehabilitated structure is part of Malloy’s five-year, $10 billion transportation ramp-up initiative, which is awaiting legislative approval.

Malloy has called for a $100 billion, 30-year overhaul of the state’s transportation infrastructure. He appointed a new commission to come up with financing recommendations by the end of this summer.

Several options for the old viaduct are being considered, including a tunneled highway.

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