DELAURO, DODD, LIEBERMAN, DESTEFANO ANNOUNCE $16 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR NEW HAVEN Award for Route 34 Downtown Crossing project will create jobs, grow the local economy and improve livab
(10/15/2010) New Haven, CT— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman, and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced today that the City of New Haven has been awarded a $16 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II grant that will convert Connecticut State Route 34 from a limited access highway to urban boulevards from Union Avenue to College Street.
The TIGER II program awards competitive grants to projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area. With this funding, New Haven will be able to begin Phase 1 of the Downtown Crossing project in the Route 34 corridor, creating 2,000 immediate construction jobs and 960 permanent jobs. It will also open up 11 acres of developable land in downtown, reunite neighborhoods, enhance safety, and improve economic conditions particularly for emerging technology businesses in the area.
“Route 34 has divided New Haven’s downtown for decades, and for just as long, we have been trying to reconnect the pieces. Not only has this been our top infrastructure development priority for some time, it is something I worked on over thirty years ago, when I worked with the New Haven Development Administrator,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “This announcement today means that we will now be able to convert Route 34 from a limited access highway to urban boulevards from Union Avenue to College Street. It is fantastic to see the City awarded such a highly-competitive grant, and I thank my colleagues for their hard work-- it is great to see this project come to life.”
“As Connecticut communities recover from the recession, responsible and sustainable planning will help create affordable housing options for families, take advantage of our public transportation infrastructure, and spur economic development by connecting businesses with workers and consumers,” said Senator Dodd. “This new funding will help revitalize our cities and towns, and contribute to long-term growth and development throughout the state.”
“This is a huge win for New Haven,” said Senator Lieberman. “The Downtown Crossing project will create both immediate and long-term jobs and will set a nationwide example by establishing a safer pedestrian and bike friendly downtown. Senator Dodd, Congresswoman DeLauro, and I worked hard to ensure that Connecticut submitted the most competitive applications possible and these projects were given fair consideration by the Department of Transportation.”
“This results from an emerging new economy in knowledge-based private business in the city and will set the table for economic growth, job creation and tax based development for the decade to come,” said Mayor DeStefano. “Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Dodd did an outstanding service on behalf of the families and taxpayers of Southern Connecticut.”
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