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Connecticut Officials Dispute White House Report About Deteriorating Roads

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WATERBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut state transportation officials have disputed a report from the White House that claims public works in the state are in dire condition.

The Republican-American reported federal officials used data from the American Society of Civil Engineers and said 41 percent of roads in Connecticut are in poor condition.

The federal report is intended to win congressional support for legislation to put money into the Highway Trust Fund.

Connecticut state Transportation Department spokesman Kevin Nursick said the agency is paving 264 miles of roads this year at a cost of $71.5 million. In 2013, the state paved 240 miles and in 2012, it paved 225 miles.

Nursick said the state also must repair bridges and relieve road congestion.

He said the state doesn’t have the money and work crews to pave every road that needs new asphalt.

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