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Posted on September 27, 2022

MONROE, CT – The Town of Monroe has been approved to receive $500,000 in state funding for the reconstruction of Old Zoar Road.

The grant is provided through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), a state program managed by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) that delivers grants to small towns for economic development, community conservation, and quality-of-life capital projects.

“Old Zoar Road is nearly two miles in length and was already identified by our Department of Public Works as needing significant replacement of drainage infrastructure and complete pavement reconstruction,” said First Selectman Ken Kellogg.  “I’m extremely grateful that the State has approved our grant application, which will substantially offset our local costs to address this road.”

“Funding for this project is a welcome and prudent investment in Monroe’s infrastructure,” said Representative Tony Scott, R-Newtown and Monroe. “State and town funds used for essential road projects such as these demonstrate how a solid partnership can better the lives of our residents.”

“I applaud the effort of town officials, our legislative delegation, and residents in advocating for important investments in Monroe’s infrastructure,” said Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-21). “STEAP grants are one way the state can help support small towns and our local investments in economic development, community conservation, and quality-of-life. I appreciate the state recognizing the value of this investment in Monroe.”

“Thank you to Governor Lamont for approving this funding that will be a huge benefit to drivers passing through Monroe,” said Senator Marilyn Moore (D-22). “The Old Zoar Road is well-traveled and the necessary improvements will allow for a safer commute for all motorists.”

The $500,000 in state funding will be matched by $300,000 from the town.