Streetscaping, sidewalks and other improvements will continue in New Haven for at least the next four years.
Five projects, totaling more than $3.3 million, were approved last month by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW), which will allow the city to continue upgrading the downtown and surrounding areas.
New Haven City Administrator Lori Quick said she is very excited to see the projects progress.
“Front Street is our main business district,” Quick said. “That area is very busy, especially on weekends and during special events. Our hope is the upgrades will draw in even more visitors and additional businesses.”
All of the new construction and upgrades are a 80/20 federal and local split on funding.
In all, the city will pay $609,587 and the feds will kick in $2,513,226 to pay for the projects
The 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program lays out four downtown projects totaling $2.9 million.
• Downtown Improvements Phases 1 and 2 — $1,615,612 — sidewalks and streetscaping on Front Street from Olive Street to Miller Street then on to Main Street.
• Highway 100 West Sidewalk Extension — $375,746 — sidewalk extension from Douglas Street to Immanuel Avenue.
• Maupin Street Phase 2 — $991,214 — resurfacing, sidewalks and ADA improvements from Highway 100 to 375 feet south of Locust Street.
In addition to the downtown work, EWGW also approved a bridge replacement project outside of town.
A pedestrian bridge over Highway 100 at School and Park streets will be installed for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The overall cost is $351,463. New Haven will pay $464,336 and the remaining $257,342 will be federal funding.
Quick said some of the projects are expected to begin in 2018 and others will follow in proceeding years.
All projects must be completed by 2021.