The state Department of Transportation is handing out $12.4 million in grants for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects in 40 towns. Governor Malloy says the money also will be used to improve accessibility within community centers where people can meet for work, school, social and recreational activities.
The program seeks to make bicycling and walking conditions safer, encouraging more people to use healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel.
Danbury will use $400,000 for the Westside Community Connectivity Project. Sidewalks, lighting and bike lane markings will be installed from Saw Mill Road to Mill Plain Road to Farrington Park. Danbury was among 6 municipalities to get the maximum grant.
New Milford will use $210,000 to put in sidewalks near John Pettibone Community Center at Danbury Road and Pickett District Road. $370,000 will be used by Ridgefield for sidewalk construction on New Street and Pound Street.
The grants were awarded on a competitive basis.