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Bridgeport Road Rehab Project Continues Following FBI Probe

Courtesy of the City of Bridgeport

The City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, is now accepting bids to rehab a main commercial road in Black Rock. That’s after the city paused the project due to an FBI investigation into potential contract steering in the public facilities department in 2019.

The FBI had subpoenaed the contractor who won the initial bid in 2019. The city decided to pause the project during the probe. The company was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim also fired the deputy director of public facilities, Joe Tiago, during the FBI probe. He has not been criminally charged. Tiago got his city job back last June.

The improvements to Fairfield Avenue will be funded in part by a $500,000 state grant awarded seven years ago, according to Hearst Connecticut Media.

Contractors can submit proposals for the road rehab project to the Bridgeport Economic Development office through March 25.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.