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Big Deal for Wheels

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$20 million for transportation projects in nine cities and towns

Nine Connecticut municipalities will share a $20 million federal grant earmarked for transportation projects designed to improve the flow of traffic, improve air quality and reduce energy use. The grant awards buy ativan announced August 29 by Gov. Dannel P. cheap valium.

Among the projects to receive funding, New click here will be awarded $2.87 million for a computerized traffic signal upgrade along Chapel, Elm, Wall and Grove streets.

In Bridgeport, $1.6 million will be designated to create a citywide bicycle route network and “Bike-Share” project that will allow participants to pick up and return bicycles at designated locations when needed.

Waterbury will received $3 million to improve the downtown traffic signal system bounded by Meadow Street on the west, West Main Street to the north, east Main Street to the east and Grand Avenue to the south.

The remainder of the grant will support similar projects in Greenwich, Glastonbury, Hartford, Norwalk, Norwich and Plymouth.

“While these projects will produce environmental and transportation benefits, they will also provide jobs and help spur economic growth,” Malloy said. “These local traffic improvement projects include computer-coordinated traffic signal systems that will help eliminate traffic bottlenecks and improve the flow of cars and trucks between traffic signals. With less idling at signals and less stop and go between signals, there will be fewer exhaust emissions and less fuel wasted.”

The grant was awarded under the Federal Highway Administration’s competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, which funds projects that improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.  To qualify, municipalities must demonstrate that their projects will result in reduced vehicle exhaust emissions and be cost-effective.