Suffield has been selected as one of eight Connecticut towns to receive Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants for capital improvement projects.
The grant awards were announced Monday by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
“STEAP grants are an excellent example of how state and local government partnerships can make meaningful improvements that directly benefit residents,” Malloy said in a news release. “As we work to rebuild roads, repair bridges, and strengthen business centers in towns across the state, we are making Connecticut more competitive and a better place to work and live.”
Suffield received a $250,000 STEAP award for roadway improvements on Canal Road, which serves Suffield By the River and Suffield House, as well as providing access to the Windsor Locks Canal State Park trail.
"I would like to thank the Governor's office for awarding this grant to Suffield,” said State Rep. Elaine O’Brien. “This money will enable the town to improve access to both the health care facilities and to the Windsor Locks Canal trail."
"These funds will help make important improvements to Canal Road," said State Sen. John A. Kissel. "Investing in the quality of our roads is essential to make sure that drivers can safely commute to and from work, school, and other locations throughout Suffield."
“The Town of Suffield is grateful for the STEAP grant. It will assist the town in repairing a road currently in very bad condition,” said Suffield First Selectman Edward G. McAnaney. “The road serves one of the town’s largest employers, as well as being the northern entrance to the Windsor Locks Canal State Park. The grant will be a great benefit to the town.”
Andover, Berlin, East Haddam, East Hampton, Fairfield, Lyme and Somers were also awarded STEAP grants.