HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Towns and cities around Connecticut are getting a hand from the state in fixing and replacing aging bridges.

An extra $25 million in state bonding money will be dedicated to the projects, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

Gov. Dannel Malloy explained that in many cases the additional funds will help pay for up to half the cost of the bridge improvements.

“We are doubling the amount of money that we’re sending to towns for road aid,” Malloy told Schneidau. “We are making it easier for them to access special bridge money.”

While towns receive some federal money for such projects, it doesn’t cover the costs, said the governor, who noted that statewide there are nearly 3,500 local bridges that call for constant maintenance and upgrades.

“We’ve noted that over a long period of time, that maintenance has faltered,” Malloy said. “Many of these bridges need to be replaced, and that’s why we’ve chosen to make more money available.”

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