Senator Witkos Praises Funding for Colebrook Bridge Inspections

May 6, 2009

Project is part of a $5.6 million federal grant for flood control initiatives

State Senator Kevin Witkos, R-Canton, today said that the town of Colebrook will receive federal stimulus money for bridge inspections under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works initiative. The grant, announced earlier today by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, seeks to preserve natural resources through flood control initiatives in some of the state’s more rural communities.

“This is indeed very good news for the town of Colebrook and the entire northwest region of Connecticut,” said Sen. Witkos. “Small towns have some major needs. Bridge inspection and repairs are extremely important. In these difficult economic times it is very important that communities like Colebrook get the assistance they need to conduct the necessary maintenance on these structures.”

According to the Governor’s office, the Army Corps’ $4.6 billion civil works stimulus plan is expected to create or maintain more than 50,000 direct construction industry jobs nationwide and 64,000 indirect jobs for supportive services and businesses. In Connecticut, the Army Corps estimates that about 150 construction and related jobs would be created or retained.