Senator Kissel Thrilled with $2 Million in Federal Funds for Maple Street Bridge in Somersville

January 13, 2006

Funding Will Help With Damage Caused by Flooding

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) is thrilled with the news that the Town of Somers will receive $2 million in federal funds that will be used to help replace the Maple Street Bridge in Somersville. Senator Kissel will attend a press conference officially announcing the news at the site this Monday, January 16th at 1 PM. Also scheduled to attend the press conference are U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman and Congressman Rob Simmons.

“It is always great news to receive federal funding to help cover the cost of important local projects. Officials from the federal, state, and local levels have all worked diligently on this project so it’s wonderful to see the efforts come to fruition,” said Senator Kissel who is a Deputy Minority
Leader of State Senate.

“The Maple Street Bridge along with the surrounding area, which includes the Mill Building, had been damaged by floods over the years, most recently this October,” continued Senator Kissel. “By studying the area, the bridge can be properly replaced to prevent any damage by potential future flooding.”

The design and permitting portion of the project is estimated to take approximately 18-24 months. These federal funds will be combined with a $500,000 grant awarded through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) to help with the project.

Senator Kissel is serving his seventh term representing the seventh district communities of East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.