Connecticut awards $15 million in transportation project grants

Eleven projects in Connecticut will receive $15 million in funding for transit-oriented development and growth, Gov. Dannel Patrick Malloy recently announced.

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The grants are through the state’s Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). The grants are funded with $10 million by the Transit-Oriented Development and Pre-development Fund and $5 million from the Responsible Growth Incentive Fund.

Among the largest grants, Windsor Locks was awarded $1.8 million for phase two of construction of the Main Street Transit-Oriented Development Implementation projects. The funds will be used for a retaining wall and parking lot to support the redevelopment of three parcels in the Main Street Commercial District.

Winchester was awarded $601,224 for downtown improvements. Funds will be used to address chronic flooding on Whiting Street and other upgrades. Traffic improvements also will be made in the Bridge Street/Depot Street/Main Street area.

“Transportation isn’t just about cars, trains and buses – it’s about building vibrant communities and continuing to make Connecticut a more attractive place to live, visit, and do business,” Malloy said. “Today’s grant awards will build upon the smart, targeted investments we have made in recent years, which have already lead to significant growth in transit-oriented development across the state.”