Rep. Bacchiochi and Senator Kissel: State to Approve $500,000 for Bridge Replacement

September 22, 2004

State Representative Penny Bacchiochi, R-Somers, and Senator John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected Thursday to award $500,000 to go toward design costs for a bridge replacement over the Scantic River.

The State Bond Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

“I would like to thank Gov. Jodi Rell for her help in securing these funds,” Rep. Bacchiochi said. “The grant will be a great help in attracting economic development in Somersville Mill Village.”

She added that the existing bridge creates a flood hazard that limits permitted uses of mill buildings.

“I am very pleased that we were able to secure this funding for the Town of Somers,” said Sen. Kissel. “What I find particularly pleasing is that this funding comes out of the state’s small town assistance program. That program identifies certain needs of small towns like Somers, who do not have the means to finance worthwhile economic development projects. This grant is very good news for Somersville Mill Village and the entire town of Somers.”
These funds were made available through the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), which allocates money to economic development, community conservation and quality of life projects.