Bond Commission agenda includes three projects in Meriden, one in Plainville

Bond Commission agenda includes three projects in Meriden, one in Plainville

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The State Bond Commission will vote Thursday to fund $3 million to redesign a convoluted traffic triangle at the intersections of interstates 691 and 91 and Route 15 in Meriden.

The redesign costs are included in an agenda totaling $497.4 million in general obligation bonding for state infrastructure, economic development, social services and transportation projects. The commission, chaired by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, is expected to authorize the release of funding for several large economic development projects in Hartford, as well as local projects impacting Meriden.

The commission will vote to allocate $3.5 million to assist with the next phase of the Harbor Brook flood control project in Meriden. 

“I was very excited to see that on the agenda,” said Meriden City Planner Robert Seale. “This will help continue that flood work that needs to get done.”

The project consists of deepening and widening the channel between Coe Avenue and Cooper Street, construction of a sanitary sewer bridge behind Leslie Drive and construction of the adjacent portion of the Meriden Linear Trail.

The award doesn’t cover the Cooper Street bridge work and city officials are in line for another $3 million to complete it.

The bridge work is necessary to redevelop property at 116 Cook Ave. because the brook runs through the rear of the parcel, Seale said.

The commission will also vote to award the Women and Families Center Inc. $3.5 million to build 12 units of supportive housing for homeless youth on Colony Street. The total cost is estimated at $4.3 million. 

The proposal won city approval last year, Seale said, and involves razing the existing Women and Families Annex building at 183 Colony St. The apartments will be housed in a three-story building on the half-acre lot.  

"It will be, in this area, the only project of its kind," Women and Families Center CEO Robyn Bage said last year. "There's a gap in services for this population — youth who are homeless or who engage in the very dangerous practice of couch surfing — who don't really have all the tools and strategies that they need to be self-sufficient."

Earlier this year, the state received $6.6 million in a federal grant to help with efforts to end youth homelessness by 2020. Connecticut was one of 10 communities in the U.S. chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from more than 130 applications.

Two years ago, the state approved spending $1 million to study and engineer solutions to the confounding triangle on the state’s highways. The recommendation for the Meriden highway was part of a $24 million first round of funding for Let’s Go CT!, a transportation infrastructure initiative introduced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the legislature in 2015.

The Meriden project is estimated to cost $88 million and was chosen because of “very high traffic volume at a very complex interchange,” DOT spokesman Judd Everhart said in 2015. 

Plans call for work to the northbound and southbound sides of I-91 between exits 15 and 20 and an additional lane in each direction to allow for better traffic flow for vehicles getting on and off Route 15. 

The agenda also includes $3.8 million for improvements to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Plainville.


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