Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Simsbury Awarded STEAP Grants

January 9, 2012

Barkhamsted, Colebrook and Simsbury have recently been awarded Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants for capital projects. This funding improves our community by repairing roads and bridges that we use every day. For more information, please read the following press release:

Gov. Malloy Announces STEAP Grants: Newtown, Sharon, Winchester, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Colebrook and Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today visited five more Connecticut communities to announce Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) funds for capital projects. The Governor also announced that the Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative, which includes Canaan, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury, and Sharon, will receive a STEAP grant.

“STEAP funds are one of the best examples of how state government, in partnership with local government, can make meaningful improvements that directly impact residents,” said Governor Malloy. “Just like families across the state, Connecticut town leaders have had to do more with less. As we work to rebuild roads, repair bridges and strengthen business corridors in towns across the state, we are pleased to offer additional support to these communities. We are making Connecticut stronger and more competitive.”

Barkhamsted received a $405,454 STEAP award to repair roads, culverts, and bridges in town.

“I am pleased that this funding has been awarded to the Town of Barkhamsted for essential improvements to the town’s infrastructure. This grant will help repair deteriorating roads and bridges and ultimately make driving safer for our residents and visitors. Projects of this nature are exactly how taxpayer dollars should be spent. I appreciate the Governor’s decision to include this project at the State Bond Commission,” said Senator Kevin Witkos.

The funds will help preserve and protect the environment, and rebuild the town infrastructure.

Colebrook was awarded $205,500 to repair Old Forge Road Bridge, including repaving and upgrading railings. This project is estimated to take two months to complete.

The Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative — Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury, Sharon — was awarded an $80,000 STEAP grant to help promote local businesses. This funding will help the NWCT Regional Planning Collaborative implement regionally coordinated marketing, install signage, and focus marketing for local businesses. The Planning Collaborative has identified nearly 40 vacant commercial spaces that, if returned to use, could produce 360 jobs.

Simsbury was awarded $350,000 for improvements to the Simsbury Center area. The project includes adjusting drainage and surface elevations and making boat ramp parking improvements on Riverside Rd; restoring the bridge deck on Drake Hill Rd; and a sidewalk/crosswalk bump-out on Hopmeadow. These streets serve businesses, government services, and residents in the center area.

To read more about the awards, click here and here.