Connecticut Announces Funding of $13.4 Million to Support Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

CTDOT Announces ‘Community Connectivity’ Grants

Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti announced that towns and cities across Connecticut will receive $13.4 million in funding under a grant program to construct projects that support pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as improved accessibility in the state.

The “Community Connectivity Grant Program” (CCGP) is an infrastructure improvement program that seeks to provide construction funding for local initiatives that will improve the safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban, suburban and rural community centers. These community centers serve as places where people can meet for employment, educational, social and recreational activities. 

The CCGP is one component of the broader Community Connectivity Program.  The primary goal of the program is 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.

In 2017, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) solicited applications for grants from municipalities for projects that ranged between $75,000 and $400,000.  A total of 80 applications were received. Every municipality in Connecticut was asked to submit one application. The first round of grants, awarded in fiscal year 2018, funded projects in 40 Communities. On December 11, 2018, the State Bond Commission approved additional funding for a second round of grants to construct the remaining 40 projects requested under the original solicitation. A list of the Communities receiving the top funding amount for the second round of grants are as follows:

Community

Brief Project Description

Awarded Amount

Canaan

South and East End Corridor Link Project – sidewalk

$400,000.00

Durham

Main Street Sidewalks

$400,000.00

Hartford

FILLING THE GAPS: PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE CONNECTIONS – signage and pavement markings

$400,000.00

Kent

Kent Streetscape – Phase 1 (sidewalks, signage)

$400,000.00

Madison

Woodland Rd, Route 79 and Bradley Rd Sidewalk Construction

$400,000.00

Meriden

Coe Ave. School Route / Urban Trail Section

$400,000.00

Norwich

Franklin Square Safety Improvements (roundabout)

$400,000.00

Sprague

Shetucket River Nature Style Walkway

$400,000.00

Vernon

Rockville Center Connectivity (new and existing trails)

$400,000.00

For more information on the Community Connectivity Program, please visit: http://ctconnectivity.com/.