Derby to receive $5 million in federal funds for Route 34 widening

More federal funds are on the way for the city’s Route 34 widening project. The additional $5 million boost, announced last week by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, means that the project’s estimated $18.7 million cost is now fully funded, according to Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments Executive Director Rick Dunne. When complete, the new Route 34 will double the number of traffic lanes through downtown Derby, where the road doubles as the city’s Main Street, and add a pedestrian walkway. Construction finally began on the project earlier this year, according to Morgan. The city has also gone ahead with utility upgrades since new apartments are also scheduled to be constructed near the road. But construction has yet to begin on that separate project as of June due to ballooning construction costs. The project is expected to be completed by fall of 2024 according to Morgan.

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