Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that Southington has been awarded a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant in the form of $250,000 for various capital improvement projects.
“These capital grants are important for many towns as they look to make repairs to critical infrastructure or promote economic development,” said Governor Malloy. “At a time budgets are stretched to the limit, we can and must maintain our commitment to improving the overall quality of life for our residents.”
The Town of Southington will use the funding to make improvements on existing roadways such as Aircraft Road, Newell Street and Redstone Street. The work will include widening the road to allow for a better turning radius for freight trucks.
“The $250,000 STEAP grant for Southington is an example of addressing the needs of our small towns and is important to us who represent and fight for our smaller communities,” State Representative Joseph Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) remarked.
“Maintaining our infrastructure is a good use of this funding and we welcome the construction improvements set for Aircraft Road, Newell Street and Redstone Street,” said State Representative Zeke Zalaski (D-Southington) said.
Other towns which received funding are Berlin, Cromwell, Middlefield and Portland. Berlin is receiving $500,000 for the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park project, Cromwell received $500,000 for the County Line Road and Route 3 projects, Middlefield received $250,000 for the Miller Road Bridge project and Portland received $230,000 for work on their recreational complex.
The State Bond Commission, under Governor Malloy’s leadership, allocated a total of $20 million for STEAP grants on September 23, 2011. The awards, which will be given to small towns from throughout the state, were granted in part due to project readiness and their impact on overall regional economic development.