Torrington Receives $400,000 Grant from State Department of Transportation
Municipal Parking Lots to See Bike & Pedestrian Friendly Upgrades
For Immediate Release
TORRINGTON CT – August 20, 2018– Mayor Elinor Carbone is proud to announce that the City of Torrington has been awarded a $400,000 Community Connectivity Program grant from the state Department of Transportation.
Grant funding will be used to upgrade several municipal parking lots. Upgrades include replacing or adding new crosswalks at parking lot intersections, increased lighting, new bike racks, information and wayfinding kiosks. Parking lots which will be improved will be: City Hall Avenue; South Central (lot adjacent to the Torrington Library); Franklin Street; and the municipal lot behind the Torrington YMCA. In addition, the South Central lot will see the implementation of a 10’ wide section of the Naugatuck River Greenway along the parking lot and the Naugatuck River. This will connect to other portions of the Greenway in the future.
“As we continue to stretch every taxpayer dollar and be efficient with the limited funds we have available, it is incumbent upon us to identify alternate sources of funds in order to implement projects and initiatives such as these. I am grateful to the Department of Transportation for their support of our efforts and for awarding this funding to the City of Torrington” said Mayor Carbone.
“Over the past several years, we have made many strides in making Torrington more bike and pedestrian friendly; this grant will allow us to continue these efforts without impacting our local taxpayers. I appreciate the efforts made by Rista Malanca in our Planning & Zoning Department to craft our application for this grant and working with our partners at the state and the Northwest Hills Council of Governments
Work is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2019.