Southington receives $500,000 for local roads

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More than $500,000 will be put toward repairing Southington roads this year. On Feb. 1, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced the release of $30 million for transportation needs across the state.

The funds are the second installment in a $60 million investment toward statewide support of the Town Aid Road program.

The $30 million in funding has been divided up between towns across the state, and an additional $68.9 million has been approved to cover costs associated with resurfacing state roadways.

State Rep. David Zoni (D) said in a press release that he is pleased the town of Southington will receive funding to be used “for road paving or to meet other transportation related needs as determined by local officials.”

Municipalities can use the funding for the operation of public transportation, construction and maintenance of high ways and bridges, snow removal, tree trimming, and traffic signs and signals.

Southington will receive $523,672 of the funding, approved at a recent meeting of the State Bond Commission.

“This is an investment in local transportation maintenance benefitting the public and local businesses,” said Zoni.

Gov. Malloy hopes the funding will improve public transportation access for Connecticut residents. The governor said the increase in funding is an important step in building “the best-in-class transportation system that provides residents and businesses with real solutions” and addresses “problems that the state can no longer put off.”

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman followed that investments in transportation “are key to Connecticut’s future competitiveness,” and are part of a long-term, large strategy to strengthen transportation and improve the economy across the state.

More than 150 municipalities will receive a portion of the funding, with transportation projects predicted to create or sustain approximately 630 construction-related jobs.

James P. Redeker, Department of Transportation Commissioner, said the release of these funds on Feb. 1 will allow municipalities to begin planning for road work that will begin this spring.

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