On the heels of announcing funding from a pilot program to install centerline rumble strips on state roads, State Representative John Frey touted more funding for Ridgefield. The town is receiving $500,000 in grants from the Small Town Economic Assistance Program to continue the Danbury Road Streetscape Project and to begin work on exterior improvements to Town Hall.
The Project is currently in its third phase, and has been paid for with only STEAP funds. Pedestrian, landscaping, and electrical upgrades to Danbury Road (Route 35) are being made. This current phase will add 15 new streetlights and 348 feet of new sidewalk, and will provide for the retrofitting of nine handicapped ramps between Grove and South Streets.
The Town Hall improvements are a new project for this year, and will be receiving $180,000 in STEAP funding. The work to be completed includes the removal of existing masonry and vegetation, and reconstructing the walkaways and stairs to improve the safety of the site. There will also be new lighting, paving, drainage improvements, and plantings to improve the site’s appeal and safety.
Route 7 was part of a pilot program to install rumble strips along the yellow line in an effort to keep motorists on the correct side of the roadway.