September 24, 2018

40 municipalities to share $12.4M for sidewalk, bicycle lane upgrades

Photo | Pablo Robles
Photo | Pablo Robles
Raymond Carpentino, Rocky Hill economic development director, tours a sidewalk renovation project in town.

Forty municipalities statewide will split $12.4 million in state funding for upgrades to sidewalks, bicycle lanes and other pathways connecting pedestrians to downtown centers, state officials announced.

The state Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will administer the grants under its Community Connectivity Grant Program, which aims to improve safety conditions for pedestrians and bicycles traveling to community hubs. It also works to make downtown areas more accessible places to live and work, officials said.

CTDOT said it will provide construction funding to 40 cities and towns for the infrastructure improvements, ranging from $75,000 to $400,000. State transportation officials reviewed, rated and ranked each proposal.

Five cities and towns, including Danbury, Old Lyme, South Windsor, Stamford, Trumbull and Wallingford, will receive the program's maximum grant worth $400,000.

Towns just shy of the maximum receipt include Canton ($399,924), East Hartford ($399,600), Salisbury ($398,367) and Weston ($387,860).

Pedestrian and bicycle upgrades will also be made in Avon, Manchester, Bristol, Southington and West Hartford and Fairfield.

Other notable sidewalk, bicycle lane and intersection improvements include:

  • Farmington ($374,250): Sidewalk, ramp upgrades near UConn Health.

  • Glastonbury ($300,000): Main Street sidewalks.

  • New Britain ($377,715): Upgrades to the city's bicycle and pedestrian network.

  • New Haven ($317,085): New sidewalk on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard (Route 10).

  • South Windsor ($400,000): Sidewalk, bike lane and intersection improvements on Pleasant Valley Road and Clark Street.

  • Southington ($314,339): Intersection improvements to Curtiss, Hart and Kane streets.

  • Stamford ($400,000): Lane reduction, sidewalk and intersection improvements on Stillwater Avenue.

  • Wallingford ($400,000): Pedestrian bridge connection to 380 Main St.

  • Windsor Locks ($321,949): A multi–use trail and canal crossing on Bridge Street/Route 140, Main Street/Route 159.

Click here for the complete list of projects.

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