HARTFORD- State Representative DebraLee Hovey, R-112, said on Monday, March 23, the state Recovery Working Group approved $9.2 million for projects proposed by the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency (GBRPA). The agency’s current list of projects that may receive funding from the allocation includes the proposed reconstruction of Pepper Street in Monroe.
The state panel voted to allocate the funds for the GBRPA from more than $161 million approved for ‘shovel-ready’ projects. Rep. Hovey noted that the GBRPA must now determine which of the more than 20 project on its list will be funded.
The working group also voted to allocate $4.8 million for projects proposed by the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO), which must also determine which of the more than 60 projects on its list will be funded.
Newtown projects on HVCEO’s list include road reconstruction of: Castle Hill Road, Castle Meadow Road, Hanover Road, Hattertown Road, High Bridge Road, Key Rock Road, Platts Hill Road, Queen Street, Saw Mill Road, Toddy Hill Road and the Pecks Lane and Route 25 intersection.
“While I believe the concept of the federal stimulus package is flawed, the fact remains that the funds are coming to the State of Connecticut,” said Rep. Hovey. “It is my hope that Monroe and Newtown’s taxpayers will get something back from the package that directly benefits our communities.”