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    Construction NewsBRIEFS! 3-22-2013

    FUNDING FOR THE CLEAN Water Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) was included in last week’s continuing resolution passed by Congress. The Clean Water SRF received $1.45 billion and the Drinking Water SRF received $908.7 million, a total cut of $27.5 million, or a 1 percent reduction from FY12. It is important to remember, however, that last Congress, the House Interior/Environment Appropriations Subcommittee approved a 53 percent cut in its FY 2013 bill for the Clean Water SRF and a cut of nearly 10 percent for the Drinking Water SRF. The Rural Utilities Service Rural Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program, however was one of the few winners, receiving $524.4 million, an increase of $11.4 million, or 2 percent, over FY 2012.

    THE OFFICE OF STATE TRAFFIC Administration has adopted regulations Section 14-298-500 updating its uniform system of traffic control signals, devices, signs and markings for use on the highways.  The regulations were developed based on the standards contained in the most recent version of the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devises for Streets and Highways (MUTCD). The federal MUTCD has, in effect, been Connecticut’s MUTCD for some time, however, current federal regulations require that states with their own MUTCDs shall revise the regulations to be in substantial conformance with the 2009 National MUTCD by January 2012.

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