$90,000 Grant for Road Safety Improvements in Oxford

March 28, 2008

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the State Bond Commission has awarded the town of Oxford a $90,000 grant to construct a right turn lane and a new traffic signal at the corner of Great Hill Road and Route 67.

The funds were made available through the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP). STEAP provides financial assistance for projects that encourage economic development and preserve the character of the state’s less populated towns.

“STEAP grants enable our smaller towns to initiate important projects they might otherwise be unable to undertake within their own resources,” Governor Rell said. “This project will enhance the safety of the driving public by improving this intersection in a part of town that is poised for increased residential development.”

“It is exciting to see this project move forward which will improve traffic safety for the residents of Oxford,” said State Senator Rob Kane. “I think we all understand that safety is one of the most basic components of the quality of life we strive to provide for our citizens.”

“The improvements will make the corner of Great Hill Road and Route 67 safer and more efficient,” Rep. David Labriola said. “I am pleased to have played a role in securing the funding for this important project.”

The state funded STEAP grant provides funds to eligible towns for economic development, community conservation and quality of life projects. To be eligible, a town must have a population of less than 30,000 residents, not be designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and not have an urban center. The state Office of Policy and Management administers this program and individual projects are managed by several state agencies including the Department of Economic and Community Development.

More than $19.7 million in STEAP funds for 72 towns were approved by the Bond Commission today. The funds will enable 83 projects across the state to move forward.