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GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN STATE GRANTS TO SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION UPGRADES AND IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY IN TEN CITIES AND TOWNS
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is awarding $5 million in funding to 10 towns and cities across the state under a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Transportation for projects that support improved mobility and accessibility, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The Community Connectivity Grant Program provides construction funding for local initiatives that will improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians in and around community centers, encouraging more people to use these healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel. The grant program also facilitates social and economic opportunities for underserved communities by providing equitable levels of access to safe and affordable transportation.
“Improving our transportation infrastructure with projects like these is important to ensuring that all of our residents have equitable and safe access to get to their schools, their work, and can support our state’s small businesses,” Governor Lamont said. “That is why it is critical that we continue to make smart investments that will further enhance our state’s quality of life. These projects will not only make our neighborhoods safer, but will support the growth of the economy while also becoming more pedestrian-friendly and more environmentally-conscious.”
“Improvements made under this program not only make Connecticut’s community centers more attractive and vibrant places to live and work, but they also help improve our environment and air quality while promoting equitable access to transportation” Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti said. “With Governor Lamont’s commitment to the Transportation Climate Initiative Program, we will be able to continue to invest in projects like these all across our state.”
Funding for the program was approved by the State Bond Commission on July 21, 2020. The following month, the Connecticut Department of Transportation opened a grant application process for municipalities.
The grants approved under this round include:
- Bristol: Safe and Accessible Bristol, ADA Sidewalk Ramp Upgrades ($439,405)
- Groton: Trolley Trail Extension ($344,705)
- Meriden: Coe Avenue School Route/Urban Trail Section Phase II ($600,000)
- New Britain: BeeLine Trail, Phase II ($600,000)
- Old Saybrook: Elm Street and Boston Post Road Sidewalks ($596,413)
- Portland: Fill-in-the-Gaps to Route 17/66; Safe Sidewalks to Schools, Businesses & Transit Routes ($525,775)
- Stamford: Lower Summer Street Promenade ($600,000)
- Waterbury: West Main Street Sidewalks ($459,817)
- West Hartford: Accessible Pedestrian Signal Upgrades ($233,200)
- Windsor: Windsor Meadows State Park Shared Use Path ($500,000)
Municipalities that have been selected to receive grants will be expected to complete the project within three years.
More than $30 million in state funding has been invested in Connecticut’s towns and cities under the program during the past three years.
For more information on the Community Connectivity Program, visit ctconnectivity.com.
Notice: Third Round of Community Connectivity Grants 8/28/2020
The Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP) has received additional funding for a third round of grants to fund municipal construction projects. Click on the CCGP Tab above for more details.
Notice: The CCGP webpage has been updated 1/30/2020
The CCGP page of this website (CCGP tab above) has been updated to include the latest Project Administration Guide and additional documents and links to assist grant recipient with navigating the grant administration process.
Notice: Community Connectivity Grant Program Update 1/25/19
CTDOT Announces ‘Community Connectivity’ Grants
$13.4 Million Will Support Projects in Towns and Cities
Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti today 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 funding for the second round of grants, along with a brief description of the project, are as follows:
|Brief Project Description||Awarded Amount|
|Andover||Andover Center Safe Transit Initiative – create a trail head for the Hop River Rail Trail||$297,620.00|
|Bethel||Wooster Street Sidewalk Project||$349,000.00|
|Bethlehem||Bethlehem Main Street Sidewalks||$300,300.00|
|Bloomfield||Tunxis Avenue Sidewalk Extension||$266,000.00|
|Bolton||Bolton Center Connectivity – various pedestrian upgrades and gravel path in town center||$186,110.00|
|Bridgeport||Creating Bike Parking for Bridgeport||$325,600.00|
|Bridgewater||Center Street Connectivity Improvements – make a one-way road, signage, pavement markings for pedestrians||$84,000.00|
|Brookfield||Still River Greenway – Town Hall Access||$207,355.00|
|Burlington||Visibility Improvements Route 4 at Punch Brook/Barnes Hill Road||$350,000.00|
|Canaan||South and East End Corridor Link Project – sidewalk||$400,000.00|
|Cheshire||Sidewalk and Bike Improvements||$386,100.00|
|Colchester||Colchester Town Green Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project||$397,030.00|
|Coventry||Main Street Sidewalk Extension||$399,840.00|
|Cromwell||Main Street and Geer Street Sidewalk Connectivity||$397,200.00|
|Deep River||River Street sidewalk connection||$68,000.00|
|Durham||Main Street Sidewalks||$400,000.00|
|East Windsor||Broad Brook Connection – paths to enhance pedestrian and bicycles||$334,400.00|
|Guilford||Boston Street Sidewalk Extension||$285,667.00|
|Haddam||Haddam Center Sidewalk Project||$399,600.00|
|Hamden||Pedestrian Connections and Traffic Calming Measures on Lane/Brook Street and Gilbert Avenue in the Wintergreen section||$303,340.00|
|Hartford||FILLING THE GAPS: PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE CONNECTIONS – signage and pavement markings||$400,000.00|
|Hebron||Hebron Center/Air Line Trail Connector||$399,033.00|
|Kent||Kent Streetscape – Phase 1 (sidewalks, signage)||$400,000.00|
|Litchfield||White’s Woods Road parking and road improvements in the proximity of pedestrian and bicycling trails (Litchfield Community Greenway Trails Project)||$399,033.00|
|Madison||Woodland Rd, Route 79 and Bradley Rd Sidewalk Construction||$400,000.00|
|Meriden||Coe Ave. School Route / Urban Trail Section||$400,000.00|
|Montville||Route 32/163 Intersection Improvement||$378,000.00|
|Naugatuck||Naugatuck Pedestrian / Bicyclist Road Improvement (updating existing sidewalks, signage and pavement markings)||$399,735.00|
|New London||Connectivity Improvements at Governor Winthrop Boulevard, Water Street, and Ferry Street. (Signals, sidewalks, crosswalks)||$399,901.00|
|Norwalk||Norwalk Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Project (Sharrows and signage)||$280,000.00|
|Norwich||Franklin Square Safety Improvements (round about)||$400,000.00|
|Oxford||Riverside Walkway and Municipal Center Sidewalk||$398,200.00|
|Seymour||Woodside Avenue Sidewalk Project||$262,964.14|
|Sprague||Shetucket River Nature Style Walkway||$400,000.00|
|Suffield||Mapleton Avenue and Thompsonville Road Sidewalk Project||$395,352.00|
|Vernon||Rockville Center Connectivity (new and existing trails)||$400,000.00|
|Watertown||Bunker Hill Road Connectivity Project (RRFBs, sidewalks and pavement markings)||$394,693.00|
|Westport||Hills point RSA Enhancements (New Sidewalk)||$307,649.00|
|Wolcott||Dam Sidewalk Project||$250,000.00|
|Woodbury||Pedestrian Connectivity & Safety Enhancements (Crosswalk and Sidewalk improvement)||$200,000.00|
Notice: Community Connectivity Grant Program Update 9/21/18
GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES $12.4M IN STATE GRANTS TO HELP TOWNS THROUGHOUT CONNECTICUT IMPROVE SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that 40 towns and cities across Connecticut will receive $12.4 million in funding under a competitive state grant program that seeks to support pedestrian and bicycle safety and improve accessibility within urban, suburban, and rural community centers where people can meet for work, school, social, and recreational activities.
Administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), the Community Connectivity Grant Program seeks 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.
“Modernizing and updating our transportation infrastructure – including making accessible neighborhoods for pedestrians and bicyclists – is critical if we want to have thriving towns where families want to live, businesses can flourish, and communities succeed,” Governor Malloy said. “These grants are targeted toward strengthening our towns and cities and fostering growth in our local economies.”
“The objective of this grant program is to provide construction funding directly to municipalities for infrastructure improvements that are aligned with the overall program goals,” CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said. “We are excited to work directly with our municipalities to provide safer, more accessible travel for our residents.”
The grants were awarded on a competitive basis in a range between $75,000 and $400,000 based on applications that municipalities submitted to CTDOT. Municipalities were allowed to submit one application per community. CTDOT staff reviewed, rated, and ranked each of the proposals.
The grant awards announced today are as follows:
Ansonia – $385,000: Main Street Multi-Modal Safety Improvement Project (sidewalks, bump outs, improve street lighting)
Avon – $378,512: Old Farms Road Connectivity Improvements Project (Multi-use trail and RRFB on Old Farms Road, Scoville Road, and FCHT at Country Club Road, Scoville Road and Thompson Road)
Berlin – $387,000: Berlin Pedestrian Improvements Project (Sidewalks on Norton Road, Four Rod Road, Farmington Avenue/Route 372, and Robbins Road)
Bristol – $299,916: Rolling Down the River (Bike lanes, wayfinding signage, ADA compliant ramps, sidewalks, bike parking on Memorial Boulevard, Riverside Avenue/Route 72, School Street, West Street/Route 69, Jacob Street)
Canton – $399,924: Canton Village Road Safety Improvements and Connections to Transit (Sidewalks on 178 Albany Turnpike and vicinity – RSA study area; Route 565 from Commerce Drive to Route 44; Commerce Drive from Bart Drive to Route 565)
Danbury – $400,000: Westside Community Connectivity Project – Saw Mill Road to Mill Plain Road to Farrington Woods Park (sidewalk, street lighting and sharrows)
Derby – $227,360: Route 34 Pedestrian Safety Improvements (sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals on Route 34 at Gilbert Street and Bank Street, and Route 34 at Sodom Lane)
East Hartford – $399,600: Route 5 and 502 Intermodal Connectivity Project (sidewalks and crosswalk)
Ellington – $376,200: Ellington Town Center, Main Street West sidewalks
Essex – $145,200: Completion Missing Links in Essex Town Wide Sidewalk Connectivity Project (Main – near 76 Main Street, Essex Village and Champlin Square – triangle near 2)
Fairfield – $360,000: Southport (West) Pedestrian and safety improvements (Sidewalks, pedestrian signals, ADA ramps, bulb–out on Post Road)
Farmington – $374,250: UConn Health Center Neighborhood Pedestrian Access Improvement Project (sidewalks and update ADA ramps on Route 4, South Road/State Highway 531 and Birdseye Road/SR 549)
Glastonbury – $300,000: Main Street (Route 17) sidewalks
Killingly – $395,803: Quinebaug River Trail Phase V (trail extension on Beatrice Avenue)
Manchester – $163,800: Pedestrian safety enhancements on Main Street in downtown Manchester (crosswalks, intersection improvement on Main Street connection between sections of SR 83)
Marlborough – $184,762: Town Center (Sidewalk Extension Project located on 5 Cheney Road, 30 Jones Hollow Road, and 26 North Main Street)
New Britain – $377,715: Upgrades to city–wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Network (signage, wayfinding signage, bike lockers, RRFB, intersection improvements)
New Haven – $317,085: Ella T. Grasso Boulevard (Route 10) Pedestrian Connectivity Project (new sidewalk to connect existing sidewalk)
New Milford – $210,000: John Pettibone Community Center (sidewalks on corner of Danbury Road/Route 7 and Pickett District Road)
Newington – $78,367: Mill Pond Park Connectivity Project (sidewalks, crosswalks, reduce lane widths, and bike racks on Garfield Street, Audubon Avenue, Willard Avenue/Route 173)
Old Lyme – $400,000: Sound View Gateway (sidewalks, signage, reduce curb radii and beautification on Hartford Avenue and Shore Road)
Old Saybrook – $224,479: Route 1 (Sidewalks on Route 1 from Pond Road to Lynde Street)
Portland – $204,358: Complete Streets (Main Street Sidewalk Improvement)
Ridgefield – $370,000: Sidewalk construction on New Street and Pound Street
Salisbury – $398,367: Connectivity and Safety: Salisbury Central School to Emergency Shelter (Sidewalk Route 44)
Simsbury – $169,764: Simsbury Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing Safety Enhancement Project (Locations are Quad Hill Road, Drake Hill Road/Iron Horse Boulevard, Wolcott Road, Iron Horse Boulevard/Route 10, Route 10/Route 315, Statton Brook Road/Town Forest Road)
South Windsor – $400,000: Pleasant Valley Road/Clark Street Sidewalk and Bikeway Connections (Sidewalk, bike lane, and intersection improvements on Pleasant Valley Road and Clark Street)
Southington – $314,339.21: Intersection improvements to Curtiss Street, Hart Street and Kane Street (Intersection improvement to improve Canal Trail project on Curtiss Street, Hart Street, and Kane Street)
Stamford – $400,000: Boxer Square Realignment and Multi–modal Facilities Project (intersection improvement, lane reduction, sidewalks on Stillwater Avenue)
Thomaston – $390,000: South Main Street Pedestrian Connections at Watertown Road Intersection to Thomaston Fire Department (sidewalks and curbs)
Tolland – $117,041: Municipal Center Pedestrian Pathway on the Tolland Green
Torrington – $375,871: Bicycle and Pedestrian improvements in municipal parking areas (four parking lots and surrounding areas and bike parking located at City Hall Avenue, Litchfield Street/Route 202, 100 Franklin Street, Mason Street)
Trumbull – $400,000: Long Hill Green Village District-Pedestrian Safety and access Project (sidewalks and crosswalk on Main Street, Route 111)
Wallingford – $400,000: Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Phase 38 (Pedestrian Bridge Connection to 380 Main Street )
Waterford – $280,000: Rope Ferry Road (Sidewalk Improvements on Rope Ferry Road between Avery Lane and B Lane)
West Hartford – $103,085: West Hartford Bicycle Network Shared Route Implementation (signage, network map, and pavement markings to be updated town-wide)
Westbrook – $200,000: Town Center (sidewalk improvements on Essex Road/Route 153, Boston Post Road/Route 1)
Weston – $397,860: Weston Community Connectivity Project (sidewalks and stone paths on CT–53/CT–57/Weston Road, School Road, Norfield Road)
Wethersfield – $393,300: Old Wethersfield Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project (roadway and intersection improvements on Main Street, Marsh Street, Garden Street, Hanmer Road, Church Street and Nott Street/State Highway 422)
Windsor Locks – $321,949: Windsor Locks Transit-Oriented Development Final Mile Connection (A Multi–Use Trail and Canal Crossing on Bridge Street/Route 140, Main Street/Route 159)
Notice: Community Connectivity Grant Program Update 7/27/18
The Department is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, July 25th, the State Bond Commission approved the Department of Transportation’s request to fund the Community Connectivity Grant Program. All municipalities that submitted applications for grants will be formally notified as to their status very soon.
Community Connectivity Grant Program Update 5/22/18
The State Legislative session ended on May 9, 2018, which included an adjusted state budget for FY 2019. The Department is now evaluating how and when to proceed with the many programs that had been put on hold. We will provide you with more definitive information on the Grant program as soon as we can. Please keep in mind that the Community Connectivity Grant Program is subject to approval by the Bond Commission.
Community Connectivity Grant Program Update 12/14/17
The recently passed state budget has greatly impacted CTDOT’s capital and operating budgets. Given the large reductions in funding, we are reassessing all operating and capital programs to determine what programs are critical to core functions like highway snow removal, and which programs and projects can be reduced and/or deferred.
The Community Connectivity is one of the programs being considered for deferral. As a result, we will not make project awards in the next few months. We are hopeful that some legislative action can be taken in the upcoming session to provide additional revenues to the State Transportation Fund. By June we should know what if any actions the Legislature will take to correct the funding problem, and will be able to provide you more direction on the status of your projects and the program.
Thank you for your patience and interest in the Community Connectivity Grant Program. We are hopeful that we can still advance this program that is so important to so many communities.
Community Connectivity Grant Program Update 11/3/17
The Department has completed the review of the Community Connectivity grant applications. Because this program is contingent on a state budget and allocation of funding by the State Bond Commission, we must wait to announce the results. While a state budget has recently passed, at the time of this posting, we have not fully examined how it will affect the DOT budget. We also do not know when the next Bond Commission might be scheduled. Please continue to check back on this website for any updates.
Thank you for your patience and interest in the Community Connectivity Grant Program and we look forward to helping improve conditions for walking and bicycling within our communities.
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announces the availability of the Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP)
The Community Connectivity Program is intended to improve conditions for walking and bicycling to and within Connecticut’s community centers. Community Centers are defined as places where people from a particular municipality can meet for social, educational, employment or recreational activities. This program is one of the outputs from Governor Dannel Malloy’s Let’sGoCT! Transportation initiative which addresses short-term and long-term transportation needs across the State.
Under Let’sGoCT!, the Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP) has been developed to provide construction funding for local initiatives that will contribute to reaching the overall goal of the broader Community Connectivity Program. Projects funded through the CCGP will allow municipalities to perform smaller scale capital improvements. The Department will administer the CCGP and will solicit applications for grants from municipalities. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and will range between $75,000 and $400,000.
The application deadline for the CCGP is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Each Municipality will be allowed to submit one application.
Guidelines for the program and an electronic application can be found by clicking on the tab above “CCGP” or here. The Guidelines provide an overview of the CCGP and all the necessary details to complete an application for grant funding. Please note that this is a competitive process.
The CCGP is the second phase of the broader Community Connectivity Program. The first phase offered Connecticut’s municipalities’ assistance to conduct Road Safety Audits (RSA’s) to examine safety issues and counter-measures to help improve safety and reduce crashes at important bike and pedestrian corridors and intersections. The RSA’s began in the spring of 2016, and a total of 80 RSA’s were completed over a period of twelve months. These reports can be accessed by clicking on the above tab “RSA Reports.” It is important to note that having a completed RSA is not a prerequisite to receive CCGP funding.
All general inquiries regarding the Community Connectivity Grant Program shall be directed to CTDOT.CCGP@ct.gov