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Gov. Malloy Announces $12.4M in State Grants to Help Towns Throughout Connecticut Improve Safety and Accessibility for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that 40 towns and cities across Connecticut will receive $12.4 million in funding under a competitive state grant program that seeks to support pedestrian and bicycle safety and improve accessibility within urban, suburban, and rural community centers where people can meet for work, school, social, and recreational activities.

Administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), the Community Connectivity Grant Program seeks to make conditions safer for people of all ages to walk, bike, and take transit, thereby encouraging more people to use these healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel. At the same time, these improvements will make Connecticut’s community centers more accessible places to live and work.

“Modernizing and updating our transportation infrastructure – including making accessible neighborhoods for pedestrians and bicyclists – is critical if we want to have thriving towns where families want to live, businesses can flourish, and communities succeed,” Governor Malloy said. “These grants are targeted toward strengthening our towns and cities and fostering growth in our local economies.”

“The objective of this grant program is to provide construction funding directly to municipalities for infrastructure improvements that are aligned with the overall program goals,” CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said. “We are excited to work directly with our municipalities to provide safer, more accessible travel for our residents.”

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis in a range between $75,000 and $400,000 based on applications that municipalities submitted to CTDOT. Municipalities were allowed to submit one application per community. CTDOT staff reviewed, rated, and ranked each of the proposals.

The grant awards announced today are as follows:

  • Ansonia – $385,000: Main Street Multi-Modal Safety Improvement Project (sidewalks, bump outs, improve street lighting)
  • Avon – $378,512: Old Farms Road Connectivity Improvements Project(Multi-use trail and RRFB on Old Farms Road, Scoville Road, and FCHT at Country Club Road, Scoville Road and Thompson Road)
  • Berlin – $387,000: Berlin Pedestrian Improvements Project (Sidewalks on Norton Road, Four Rod Road, Farmington Avenue/Route 372, and Robbins Road)
  • Bristol – $299,916: Rolling Down the River (Bike lanes, wayfinding signage, ADA compliant ramps, sidewalks, bike parking on Memorial Boulevard, Riverside Avenue/Route 72, School Street, West Street/Route 69, Jacob Street)
  • Canton – $399,924: Canton Village Road Safety Improvements and Connections to Transit (Sidewalks on 178 Albany Turnpike and vicinity – RSA study area; Route 565 from Commerce Drive to Route 44; Commerce Drive from Bart Drive to Route 565)
  • Danbury – $400,000: Westside Community Connectivity Project – Saw Mill Road to Mill Plain Road to Farrington Woods Park (sidewalk, street lighting and sharrows)
  • Derby – $227,360: Route 34 Pedestrian Safety Improvements (sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals on Route 34 at Gilbert Street and Bank Street, and Route 34 at Sodom Lane)
  • East Hartford – $399,600: Route 5 and 502 Intermodal Connectivity Project (sidewalks and crosswalk)
  • Ellington – $376,200: Ellington Town Center, Main Street West sidewalks
  • Essex – $145,200: Completion Missing Links in Essex Town Wide Sidewalk Connectivity Project (Main – near 76 Main Street, Essex Village and Champlin Square – triangle near 2)
  • Fairfield – $360,000: Southport (West) Pedestrian and safety improvements (Sidewalks, pedestrian signals, ADA ramps, bulb–out on Post Road)
  • Farmington – $374,250: UConn Health Center Neighborhood Pedestrian Access Improvement Project (sidewalks and update ADA ramps on Route 4, South Road/State Highway 531 and Birdseye Road/SR 549)
  • Glastonbury – $300,000: Main Street (Route 17) sidewalks
  • Killingly – $395,803: Quinebaug River Trail Phase V (trail extension on Beatrice Avenue)
  • Manchester – $163,800: Pedestrian safety enhancements on Main Street in downtown Manchester (crosswalks, intersection improvement on Main Street connection between sections of SR 83)
  • Marlborough – $184,762: Town Center (Sidewalk Extension Project located on 5 Cheney Road, 30 Jones Hollow Road, and 26 North Main Street)
  • New Britain – $377,715: Upgrades to city–wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Network (signage, wayfinding signage, bike lockers, RRFB, intersection improvements)
  • New Haven – $317,085: Ella T. Grasso Boulevard (Route 10) Pedestrian Connectivity Project (new sidewalk to connect existing sidewalk)
  • New Milford – $210,000: John Pettibone Community Center (sidewalks on corner of Danbury Road/Route 7 and Pickett District Road)
  • Newington – $78,367: Mill Pond Park Connectivity Project (sidewalks, crosswalks, reduce lane widths, and bike racks on Garfield Street, Audubon Avenue, Willard Avenue/Route 173)
  • Old Lyme – $400,000: Sound View Gateway (sidewalks, signage, reduce curb radii and beautification on Hartford Avenue and Shore Road)
  • Old Saybrook – $224,479: Route 1 (Sidewalks on Route 1 from Pond Road to Lynde Street)
  • Portland – $204,358: Complete Streets (Main Street Sidewalk Improvement)
  • Ridgefield – $370,000: Sidewalk construction on New Street and Pound Street
  • Salisbury – $398,367: Connectivity and Safety: Salisbury Central School to Emergency Shelter (Sidewalk Route 44)
  • Simsbury – $169,764: Simsbury Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing Safety Enhancement Project (Locations are Quad Hill Road, Drake Hill Road/Iron Horse Boulevard, Wolcott Road,Iron Horse Boulevard/Route 10, Route 10/Route 315, Statton Brook Road/Town Forest Road)
  • South Windsor – $400,000: Pleasant Valley Road/Clark Street Sidewalk and Bikeway Connections (Sidewalk, bike lane, and intersection improvements on Pleasant Valley Road and Clark Street)
  • Southington – $314,339.21: Intersection improvements to Curtiss Street, Hart Street and Kane Street(Intersection improvement to improve Canal Trail project on Curtiss Street, Hart Street, and Kane Street)
  • Stamford – $400,000: Boxer Square Realignment and Multi–modal Facilities Project (intersection improvement, lane reduction, sidewalks on Stillwater Avenue)
  • Thomaston – $390,000: South Main Street Pedestrian Connections at Watertown Road Intersection to Thomaston Fire Department (sidewalks and curbs)
  • Tolland – $117,041: Municipal Center Pedestrian Pathway on the Tolland Green
  • Torrington – $375,871: Bicycle and Pedestrian improvements in municipal parking areas (four parking lots and surrounding areas and bike parking located at City Hall Avenue, Litchfield Street/Route 202, 100 Franklin Street, Mason Street)
  • Trumbull – $400,000: Long Hill Green Village District-Pedestrian Safety and access Project (sidewalks and crosswalk on Main Street, Route 111)
  • Wallingford – $400,000: Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Phase 38 (Pedestrian Bridge Connection to 380 Main Street )
  • Waterford – $280,000: Rope Ferry Road (Sidewalk Improvements on Rope Ferry Road between Avery Lane and B Lane)
  • West Hartford – $103,085: West Hartford Bicycle Network Shared Route Implementation (signage, network map, and pavement markings to be updated town-wide)
  • Westbrook – $200,000: Town Center (sidewalk improvements on Essex Road/Route 153, Boston Post Road/Route 1)
  • Weston – $397,860: Weston Community Connectivity Project (sidewalks and stone paths on CT–53/CT–57/Weston Road, School Road, Norfield Road)
  • Wethersfield – $393,300: Old Wethersfield Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project (roadway and intersection improvements on Main Street, Marsh Street, Garden Street, Hanmer Road, Church Street and Nott Street/State Highway 422)
  • Windsor Locks – $321,949: Windsor Locks Transit-Oriented Development Final Mile Connection (A Multi–Use Trail and Canal Crossing on Bridge Street/Route 140, Main Street/Route 159)

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