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State sends $389,000 to Ansonia to improve route to train station

September 24, 2018

ANSONIA- The state finalized a $389,000 grant to improve sidewalks, build handicapped accessible curb cuts and install lighting leading to the railroad station from downtown.

“This is a critical infrastructure grant which will pair nicely with the residential units planned for downtown,” said Mayor David Cassetti. “We are continuing to improve the look and feel of our already busy downtown. This grant will be used to help improve the safety of our sidewalks and the look leading to our train station.”

Cassetti told the Board of Aldermen last month that the city would be getting this Community Connectivity grant from the state Department of Transportation.

““We are grateful to the Connecticut Department of Transportation for selecting our project,” said Sheila O’Malley, the city’s economic development director who was instrumental in applying for and obtaining the grant. “We believe Ansonia’s downtown activity warrants significant improvements to our infrastructure. Main Street and East Main will be getting improvements that our residents will be able to enjoy.”

O’Malley said the purpose of the grant is to provide better connections between the railroad station and the apartments on Main Street and East Main Street.

She said stripes will be painted for a bicycle path leading to the train station and signs will be installed. Additionally benches will be placed along Main Street near the apartment complexes particularly those planned for the ATP and Palmer buildings which are in the process of being sold and renovated.

One of the goals is to make things safer for cyclists and pedestrians,” O’Malley said. “We want to provide easier access from East Main, West Main and Main Street to the train station.”

Once the design is completed,O’Malley said bids for construction will be sought.

“We could probably get started with the signage and the striping this year,” she said. “The sidewalks may have to wait until the spring.

The mayor said will be additional lighting placed every 75 feet with flower pots built into them.

“I want to beautify Main Street —make it a destination place with our restaurant row,” Cassetti said..

Cassetti said he has been meeting with the state Department of Transportation and Metro-North in the hopes of getting anywhere from $180,000 to $250,000 to construct a covered kiosk where people could buy tickets and wait for the train.

“We need a place where they can wait inside especially during inclement weather,” Cassetti said.\

One of the goals is to make things safer for cyclists and pedestrians,” O’Malley said. “We want to provide easier access from East Main, West Main and Main Street to the train station.”

The mayor and O’Malley credited the work of retiring State Rep. Linda Gentile, R-Ansonia, who helped push the grant through.

“There are so many benefits—from Ansonia’s economic growth to the physical health of our residents to improved safety that will come with new sidewalks and improved lighting,” Gentile said.

The grant was among $12.4 million awarded by the Department of Transportation to 40 municipalities with the intent to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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