STEAP grant helps Bethel fix ailing sidewalks []

August 6, 2013

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Another round of Small Town Economic Assistance Program funding has been awarded. Among the towns receiving the STEAP grants is Bethel. The town is set to receive $250,000 for a sidewalk project that includes the replacement of stairs at several entrances to the Municipal Center.

Representative Dan Carter says the funding will also be used for sidewalk replacements and construction at the Municipal Center, at the Bethel Police Department and at the intersection of Main Street, Chestnut Street and Maple Avenue. Carter says the condition of Bethel’s downtown structures is vital to town services and economic development. He says the improvements will increase the quality of life and safety of residents.

17 jobs will be created or sustained through these projects.

State Senator Toni Boucher says many communities are trying to create safer and more walkable environments and this grant will help increase pedestrian access in downtown. She called the intersection a busy and often unsafe one.

Senator Mike McLachlan says safe pedestrian access downtown is important and he is encouraged that this funding will provide that access.