The Connecticut State Bond Commission approved $3 million of repairs for the Hartford-to-East Hartford railroad bridge. The funding was part of a state infrastructure improvement package aimed at school and transportation projects.
The bridge’s owner, Connecticut Southern Railroad, had asked the state for help, according to Sen. Gary LeBeau, D-East Hartford. He said the bridge affects about a dozen businesses east of the Connecticut River.
Christopher Fielder, general manager of Cellu Tissue Corp. in East Hartford, said the investment is vital to his company, which makes tissue from wood pulp.
“Wood pulp is very heavy and bulky material that we purchase from Canada and the southeastern United States. For us to buy that affordably, we need to get it by rail,” he said.