Lamont Had Preliminary Talks With Private Firms on Tolls

Gov. Ned Lamont says he's had "very preliminary" conversations with private investors who might help develop a proposed electronic highway tolling system in Connecticut.

The Democrat told reporters Thursday that he's open to the idea of working collaboratively with a private group but it's still early in the process. He said if Connecticut decides to enter a public-private partnership, the state would keep control and ownership of the tolls.

Lamont says he's looking at how public-private partnerships were used in projects such as La Guardia Airport renovations and construction of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York.

Lamont says it's important for the General Assembly to approve legislation authorizing tolls on highways. The session adjourns June 5.

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