The town of Durham has been awarded a $400,000 grant for new sidewalks on Main Street.
”Anytime of day practicality and almost every season you see people walking (on Main Street),” said First Selectman Laura Francis.
The new sidewalk would travel about 1.5 miles up the west side of Main Street from Cozy Corner Restaurant, 5 New Haven Road, to Citizen’s Bank, 376 Main St., Francis said.
There would be two breaks in the sidewalk – one at the town green, and the other between the public library, 7 Maple Ave., and Church of Epiphany, 196 Main St.
The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million. The town is exploring other grants to cover the remaining costs.
Francis said town engineer Brian Curtis is working on a phased construction timeline so the project can be started while the town awaits remaining funding.
Curtis could not be reached for comment.
The grant comes from the Community Connectivity Grant Program, a part of former Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Let’sGoCT! transportation initiative, with the goal of improving accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban, suburban and rural community centers.
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