Seymour gets $200K grant to help make sidewalks compliant with ADA

The town will receive a $200,000 boost from the state to make several deteriorating sidewalks around town handicapped accessible.

First Selectman Kurt Miller said the $200,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program, or STEAP, grant, will enable the town to continue its ongoing program of repairing badly cracked and heaved-up sidewalks.

Phase Four of Seymour’s Sidewalk Replacement Project, and making them ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliant, will include sidewalks on Pearl and Roberts streets and Washington Avenue. Repairs are slated to be done this fall.

Resident Joseph Luciano, who chairs the Livable Communities Committee, has been advocating hard for improvements to downtown sidewalks. Luciano relies on a motorized wheelchair for mobility following a stroke in 2006. He has encountered numerous troublesome spots around town that prevents him from getting where he needs to go. Luciano said the state money should be used elsewhere, “because property owners should have done the work.”

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