New Canaan gets state aid for road work
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
New Canaan will receive $331,096.67 in state road improvement money this year.
The allotment is considerably higher than in years before the Malloy administration, when in different years towns statewide received a cumulative $12.5 million to $30 million.
Municipalities can use the funding for a variety of purposes, including construction and maintenance of highways and bridges, snow removal, the trimming and removal of trees, the installation of traffic signs and signals, and for providing and operating public transportation services.
The state’s road paving program will begin April 1, and the money is expected to cover repaving at least 250 two-lane miles of roads throughout the state.
“In Connecticut, we are in the middle of a critical conversation on what we need to do to build a best-in-class transportation system that provides residents and businesses with real solutions for problems that the state can no longer put off,” Malloy said. “Providing our towns and cities with increased funding for local transportation projects is an important part of these efforts.”
Town officials did not respond to a query about how the town plans to apply the funds.
“Investments in our transportation network are key to Connecticut’s future competitiveness,” Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said. “This funding is part of a larger strategy to strengthen our transit system, to expand mass transit options, and to make commerce more efficient. It speaks to our overall commitment to Connecticut’s economic growth and our workforce.”
“Our towns appreciate this funding and can use it to supplement their own local budgets,” Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said. “It is important that this funding is in place now, so that towns can plan for the road work they need to begin this spring.”