March 24, 2009

HARTFORD- State Representatives Mary Ann Carson, R-108, and Janice Giegler, R-138, and State Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-24, announced the state Recovery Working Group approved $210,000 for the New Fairfield Streetscape Project on Monday, March 23. The panel voted to allocate the funds for the project from more than $161 million approved for ‘shovel-ready’ projects.

The funding will expand walkways through the center of town as part of the town’s streetscape project, which calls for extending sidewalks from Town Hall to the intersection of Routes 37 and 39. Plans call for its continuation north on Route 37 for approximately 1,500 feet to Route 37 and the site of the new town Senior Center.

“This is fantastic news,” said New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge. “This will go a long way toward connecting the center of town to the new senior center and museum district.”

“I’m pleased New Fairfield town officials were able to put a package together that really made an excellent case for utilizing dollars from the state’s stimulus funds for this long-awaited local project,” said Rep. Carson.

“The stimulus dollars being allocated to New Fairfield will serve to enhance the town center and continue in its vision to connect the buildings within the town center with pedestrian walkways,” added Rep. Giegler.

“I am so pleased that this funding has been released to the Town of New Fairfield,” said Sen. McLachlan. “This money will help provide a much-needed and long-desired streetscape for the folks in town and I am certain the new sidewalks will be a very welcome improvement to the area.”