Darien receives $336,589 for roads
Published 11:27 am, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Darien will receive $336,589 in state road improvement money this year.
An announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office said it was the second of two installments of $30 million in Town Aid Road funding for municipalities across Connecticut.
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.
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.”
Under the Town Aid Road program, municipalities can use the funding for a variety of purposes, including construction of 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 essential public transportation services and related facilities.
“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.”
Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said “Our towns appreciate this funding and can use it to supplement their own local budgets. 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.”