HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says state transportation officials must remove trees, limbs and vegetation near state highways more aggressively following extended power outages triggered by last month’s storm.

The Hartford Courant reports  that a spokesman for the Department of Transportation says the remnants of Hurricane Irene shut as many as 300 state roads due to trees. Fallen trees brought down power lines and delayed repair crews.

Most trees in Connecticut are large because of their advanced age. H. Dennis P. Ryan, an urban forestry professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, says nearly 70 percent of Connecticut’s trees are between 60 and 99 years old.

State regulators authorized Connecticut Light & Power, the state’s largest utility, to spend $19.6 million a year through 2012 on tree trimming.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Mad MaxtaxstateCT says:

    Monday Morning QB-ing! Dannelle needs to focus on fixing the Connecticut economy. I hope this news doesn’t mean the state will be buying a handsaw for each of the unemployed folks, rather than lowering taxes, getting rid of wasteful projects like the ‘Magic Bus’ (magical cause it will make our money disappear), and getting tough with Unions that are sucking the state dry.

    1. Jack Dharma says:

      If it weren’t for unions, you’d be working for 10 cents an hour from sunup to sundown. If the evil Ronald Reagan hadn’t upped the anti in the class war and gotten working people to fight among themselves, we might not see so many jobs going overseas. The weakening of the unions is why we don’t make things anymore, and the reason so many people are out of work. The economy shrunk 3%, but jobs dipped 10% as corporations saw a way to make people afraid of losing their jobs and work longer for less.

      By the way, if you like weekends, you should love unions. That was a union idea!

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