October 23, 2012

Hebron, Tolland board STEAP gravy train

Hebron, Tolland and three Connecticut shoreline communities will get a combined $2.1 million in state aid for infrastructure upgrades to enhance lifestyles and economic development, authorities say.

The governor's office Tuesday announced Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) awards for Essex, Hebron, Monroe, Tolland, and the Borough of Woodmont in Milford.

Hebron was awarded $500,000 to improve pedestrian safety, create parking in the town center, and support economic development initiatives in the town's business district. The improvements will create five to 10 construction jobs and enhance pedestrian safety on Main Street.

Tolland was awarded $500,000 for the design and installation of artificial turf at the Tolland High School stadium field—part of a larger plan to rehabilitate the stadium. The field was closed for a couple of years due to difficulties in maintaining a safe, high quality field.

Essex was awarded $471,500 for the Essex Civic Campus Enhancement Project which will allow the town to expand the number and size of community events. The project will renovate and expand the Town Hall parking area, replace and upgrade the Grove Street playscape to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines, renovate the town tennis courts, and improve pedestrian safety.

Monroe was awarded $110,000 to repave Timothy Road. This project will improve the commercial presence of companies in the industrial park area. It will protect local roads, scenic roads, and wetland areas by diverting heavy commercial traffic. It is expected to create up to 100 jobs.

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