HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says his department will meet with Connecticut applicants for federal transportation grants to make sure they’re fully prepared to compete for funding later this year.
LaHood’s comments came Tuesday after a meeting in Washington with members of the state’s congressional delegation, who were upset that Connecticut’s request for $630 million in funds under a federal stimulus program was turned down.
LaHood says the delegation did a good job explaining why Connecticut needs funding.
The state’s Department of Transportation submitted 13 applications totaling nearly $330 million. Cities and regional planning associations applied for $300 million.
Sen. Chris Dodd says LaHood’s office will meet with the applicants in the coming months as they apply for more funding.
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