Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch appeals judge's decision that $400,000 road near Sikorsky Airport should not have been built

Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR), Bridgeport, Connecticut

STRATFORD - Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will appeal a judge's decision that the city should not have built a new road near Sikorsky Airport on city-owned property in Stratford.

State Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe ruled that the city did not have to build a new gravel road, and that the taxpayers of Bridgeport did not have to pay $400,000 for it. Some taxpayers say building the road was a waste of their money.

The access road runs from three homes through Bridgeport's Sikorsky Airport to Sniffin Lane, and it replaces an old dirt road. Although it is a public road, at the entrance of it there are signs saying "airport property" and "no trespassing," and the road leads into the driveways of the three homes that benefit it.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch says the city did the right thing paying for the new road because it makes the airport safer than it was before. However, he says a small portion of the plan was mishandled, and he suspended the airport manager who supervised the project.

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