FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield will use a $1.2 million grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation to improve the Kings Highway East and Commerce Drive area, First Selectmen Mike Tetreau announced.
The funding will be used to construct new sidewalks and curbs along both the north and south sides, with median improvements for better pedestrian access and neighborhood aesthetics.
Handicap ramps and bike amenities, including racks, signs and parking, will also be included.
“I am thankful that our town has been awarded this important grant to help make needed improvements in this key economic corridor," Tetreau said in a statement. "This grant allows the town to connect adjoining neighborhoods to the new train station and encourages alternative means of transportation, such as biking and walking, that are more pedestrian friendly.”
State Rep. Kim Fawcett also praised the planned improvements to the area.
"This investment is exciting because we have been advocating for upgrades to the Kings Highway East corridor for several years," Fawcett said in a statement. "The residents on this side of town have been very patient and we are finally delivering some upgrades that are desperately needed.”
Design for the project is expected to begin next spring with construction starting in April 2015.