April 4, 2018

Municipalities get $27M for transportation expenses

PHOTO | Federal Highway Administration
PHOTO | Federal Highway Administration

Almost $27 million is being distributed to 70 municipalities to aid road construction, snow removal and transportation safety-related projects, the Office of Policy and Management said.

East Hartford will receive more than $4.44 million in aid, the highest amount of funding. Other top recipients include Bristol, Middletown, Wallingford and New Britain, which are receiving $2.48 million, $1.98 million, 1.94 million and $1.83 million, respectively.

OPM said the grants are provided in the current fiscal year ending June 30.

According to OPM, the municipal grants will be used for construction on highways, bridges or structures incidental to highways; snow plowing and ice removal; tree removals; traffic sign replacements and installation; trimming and removal of trees; installation, replacement and maintenance of traffic signs; traffic control and vehicular safety programs; among other transportation improvements.

Benjamin Barnes, the secretary of OPM, said this grant funding for road and bridge repairs will help municipalities offset the costs of capital projects to prepare for heavier traffic in spring and summer.

An additional $33 million will go out to towns for certified transportation-related expenses by year end, OPM said, adding that the second round of funding will be sent in May as other municipalities seek aid.

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A list of grantees is available here

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