Work on New Haven’s State Street won’t cause traffic nightmares, city engineer says

City Engineer Giovanni Zinn says the project to make a nine-block stretch of lower State Street more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly won’t involve street closures and will ultimately improve traffic and safety. The $6.7 million project, partially funded through a $5.35 million state Department of Economic and Community Development grant, will redesign the streetscape along a stretch of State Street between Trumbull and Water streets. City officials have said the project will “knit back together” areas of the city that were chopped up by urban renewal. Several officials have said the project will reconnect neighborhoods such as Wooster Square, the Hill and Downtown. Work on Phase 1 of the project began about two weeks ago and will create a dedicated corridor for walkers and bikers, officials said at a news conference Wednesday.

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