Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release For More Information:
February 26, 2016 Av Harris (203) 814-7992
Mayor Ganim Submits Five Year, $178 Million Dollar Capital Plan for Bridgeport, Calling for Major Infrastructure Improvements
Projects Seeking Bonding Include Funding for New School Construction, Sidewalk Repairs, Road and Bridge Construction, Repairs to Barnum Museum and Many other Projects
Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Joe Ganim today announced that he has submitted a five-year, $178 Million dollar capital plan to the Bridgeport city council outlining many infrastructure improvements for which the city will seek to bond between now and fiscal year 2021. The capital plan includes more than $50 million in school construction and improvements including more than $26 Million for the construction of the new Bassick High School in fiscal year 2018. Also among Mayor Ganim’s priorities are more than $15 million in economic development initiatives such as the Gateway to the South End development involving the University of Bridgeport. There is also $1,000,000 to help repair the P.T. Barnum Museum, still severely damaged from a 2010 tornado.
“This five-year capital plan represents the priorities my administration sees for infrastructure improvements for Bridgeport in the near future,” said Mayor Ganim. “We have many roads, bridges and sidewalks in need of repair as well as schools that need renovation and rebuilding. But we also are using this opportunity to be visionary about what we want Bridgeport to look like in the next 10-20 years, including how we want to develop our waterfront and South End in partnership with the University of Bridgeport. I look forward to working with the city council on making these dreams a reality for our citizens.”
Among the infrastructure improvement projects for the city are more than $8,000,000 in funds to rebuild and repair city sidewalks and streetscapes. One of the smaller items on the list of Mayor Ganim’s priorities is $25,000 in funding for a study looking into the consolidation and building of a new, unified public safety complex which would include the headquarters for police, fire and emergency communications. This building would replace the current, aging public safety facilities. A complete listing of the five-year capital plan is viewable by clicking here.