First Selectman Beth Heller announced that the Town of Woodbridge was awarded a $599,855 grant to make bike and pedestrian improvements to the Town Center following a 2020 submission. The Town applied for the Connecticut Community Connectivity Grant in the fall of 2020 requesting funds to install a sidewalk on the western side of Newton Road to connect the Amity Regional High School to the Town Center Campus along with upgrading the asphalt sidewalk at the library lawn. The grant application included additional improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety including signage and lighting.
Recently Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State Department of Transportation would fund “runners up” from those grants submitted in 2020, including the Town of Woodbridge.
“This grant will help us make significant safety improvements for people, especially students, walking to, in and around Town Center Campus,” said Heller. “This is particularly critical as we continue to make our Town Center a more active destination with community events and physical improvements.”
The grant was written with input received from residents who responded to a bike and pedestrian improvement survey.
Last year the Town earned a Sustainable CT matching grant thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund a small portion of the original submission. With those generous donations, the Town created its first bike route – a 6-mile on-road loop connecting many destinations including Amity Regional High School, Town Center Campus, Beecher Road School, the former Country Club of Woodbridge and Pease Place Playground. Funding paid for signage, three solar-powered speed awareness signs and bike racks along the bike route. The Community Council is planning a community bike ride this May to celebrate the new bike route.
Residents interested in participating in future planning around active transportation in town are invited to join a Bike Walk Woodbridge zoom meeting on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 pm. The link to participate is on the Town website calendar, www.woodbridgect.org/calendar.