Last leg of Route 11 will be completed
Updated: Monday, 13 Dec 2010, 6:33 PM EST
Published : Monday, 13 Dec 2010, 6:33 PM EST
Salem, Conn. (WTNH) - The Route 11 project in Salem was cancelled last year due to funding and environmental issues, but now Governor-elect Dan Malloy says he wants to see it finished up.
Route 11 stops at Exit 4 and never connects to I-95, which would make a more direct route between Hartford to New London. It's never been completed and the new governor may support completing this highway but it's going to cost motorists money.
"I mean they've gone this far just finish the thing, you know," said Daniella Daskam of Salem.
"I live right up the road here and if they completed Route 11 there'd be a lot less accidents on this road, a lot less congestion," said Barry Dolzenchuk of Salem.
Residents have heard plans to complete the route before.
"Ever since I've lived here for 25 years. You kept hearing it and hearing it," said Mary Maynard of Salem.
So how would the state finance the one billion dollars it would take to build the next seven miles of highway? Malloy is considering tolls but wants to make sure the money would go only to this project.
"I'd rather have it there and pay for it than not have it there," Maynard said.
Not everybody is on board. Some Salem businesses like Simply Flowers don't want to lose the drive by traffic.
"It's gonna make traffic go right by and nobody's gonna have the chance to stop," said Denise Crosson, Simply Flowers.