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Stratford Wins $450,000 Grant To Make Downtown Bike/Walker Friendly

An artist's rendering shows bustling Main Street in Stratford.
An artist's rendering shows bustling Main Street in Stratford. Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. — The state awarded Stratford a $450,000 grant to help make some streets in the town’s busy downtown more accessible and safer for bicyclists and walkers.

The “Complete Streets” grant will help the town complete technical design for improvements along a portion of Main Street and Barnum Avenue south of East Broadway.

“I am pleased to see Stratford receive this grant… in the interest of improving safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as motorists,” said Mayor Laura Hoydick.  “This is an important planning initiative that will improve investment in Stratford Center, and the enjoyment and access of the area to everyone.”

The project is one of several that have been identified as a high priority in Stratford’s 2017 Compete Streets Plan. Once design is complete, the town will be ready to make the improvements.

About $250,000 of the total grant will be set aside for any environmental contamination that might be discovered on the project boundary.

“This project will help to continue to put our town of Stratford on the map and make it a place where pedestrians and bicyclists want to frequent,” said state Sen. Kevin Kelly. “I look forward to the continuation of improvements to our town and am hopeful that under the mayor’s local leadership this will be possible.”

“These funds will help Stratford adapt to new transportation models of bicycling and pedestrian options through the heart of our community,” said state Rep. Joe Gresko.  “Focusing on making our downtown more attractive will serve Stratford in the long term.”

Jay Habansky, the town’s planning and zoning administrator, noted such grants are highly competitive.

“As OPM has awarded Stratford with the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Responsible Growth Grant, we are one step closer to providing safer public spaces and improving accessibility for people of all ages and abilities,” he said.

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