What Does Connecticut’s Budget for Infrastructure Repairs Look Like for 2017?
Have you ever been driving along at a high rate of speed and suddenly found an enormous pothole looming up in the distance? It’s happened to all of us, and it immediately puts a driver into a completely untenable position. What do you do? Should you suddenly swerve to avoid the pothole, thus putting yourself at risk of hitting another car that may be in your path, or even losing control of your car? Or should you choose the alternative, hitting the pothole at 55 miles per hour and risking serious damage to your vehicle – as well as still possibly losing control? This is the Catch-22 that Connecticut’s drivers find themselves facing on a nearly daily basis. Though some dangerous road conditions may be caused by nature, a lot of them are a matter of the local government failing to provide the basic maintenance that keeps drivers safe. There is no doubt that bad roads can contribute to or even cause accidents. If you have been injured in an accident that you believe was due to Connecticut’s bad roads, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.
In the state of Connecticut, there is an expectation that the government agencies that are responsible will do a reasonable job of maintaining the roadways and keeping them safe for all of those that use them, including drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and those who ride in public transit. This means that signage has to be provided, roads need to be well lit, pavement markings need to be kept visible, and road surfaces need to be maintained. In most cases, failures to fulfill this responsibility are a result of budget constraints. So what does Connecticut’s budget for infrastructure repairs look like for 2017? According to the Hartford Courant, a project $1 billion shortfall for the General Fund has resulted in more than $670 million in reductions for all funds for specific programs, making cuts across the government and eliminating jobs for state employees. Still, the Department of Transportation’s 2016-2020 Capital Plan includes almost $600 million in federal funding available specifically for highways and bridges, and another $432 million in funding available from the state for those same types of expenses. Though this seems like a lot of money, it does represent almost $200 million less than what was available in 2016, which has left our roads in their current conditions.
Cracks and potholes, fallen signs or those that are not visible as a result of overgrowth of trees and foliage, faded pain markings and inadequate guardrails all put motorists and their passengers’ lives at risk. If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you thoroughly explore the possibility that it was not your fault – negligent maintenance of the roadways may have been a contributor. The experienced attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will carefully review the details of your accident, and if a hazardous road condition was to blame we will fight for you to get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today to learn more.