(Salem, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – It’s the end of the line–literally–for the Route 11 extension project in Salem.

Millions of dollars were spent on the state level over the last several decades for studies and planning.

But the Federal Highway Administration made the announcement it was no longer considering the project.

FHA and local officials say the inaction at the state level was a prime reason.  But the state says the dollars weren’t there.

The road ends abruptly with traffic diverted on to Route 82 in Salem.

Some like East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson say the latest developments should shift the focus to upgrades along the interstates 95 and 395.

Nickerson says the shoreline towns are banding together to lobby the state and the department of transportation for road improvements in that region

The Route 11 project would have cost in the neighborhood of a billion dollars.


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