Senator Kissel and Representative Fahrbach Announce Funds for Suffield

October 23, 2002

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) and Representative Ruth C. Fahrbach (R-61st) are pleased to announce that $500,000 in Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) funding for the town of Suffield will be approved at Friday’s State Bond Commission meeting. The funding will help with the redevelopment of Suffield’s town center.

Specifically, the project will consist of improvements to the intersection of State Route 168 (Mountain Road) and Fyler Place, including installation of a traffic signal, pedestrian crosswalks and signals, reduction in curb cuts at CVS plaza, roadway realignments, installation of sidewalks, and additional landscaping. In addition, various improvements will be made to the Town Green area around Mountain Road and Main Street. Street trees, decorative lighting, benches, curbing, and trash receptacles will all be added to make the area more visually pleasing and safer for local residents.

“I would like to thank Governor Rowland for his efforts in helping to secure this funding,” said Senator Kissel, who is currently serving his 5th term representing the people of Suffield, Somers, Enfield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks. “I am confident this project will reduce traffic congestion and foster increased patronage to local businesses in the area.”

“This grant will improve a dangerous portion of Mountain Road and make it safer for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic by providing sidewalks and traffic signals,” said Rep. Fahrbach.

STEAP funds are issued by the State Commission and are to be used exclusively for capital projects. Only towns ineligible for Urban action bonds can receive STEAP funding. The State Bond Commission, chaired by Governor Rowland, meets this Friday morning at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.