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Grant Sends $200K to Fix River Road

River Road in Wilton Center is about to get a makeover. The town will receive a $200,000 grant from the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program to rebuild the road, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced.

"River Road is an important economic artery in Wilton, and our goal is to help keep and bring jobs to the region without changing the essential 'hometown' character of Connecticut's small towns," Rell said in a statement.

STEAP is a state-funded program that provides money for projects that encourage economic growth without changing the character of a town. To be eligible for the grant, a town must have less than 30,000 people, not be designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and not have an urban center.

The State Office of Policy and Management heads the program, and individual projects are managed by several state agencies. STEAP gave out a total of $20 million to 115 towns for 134 total projects.

Darien, Greenwich and Weston were the other towns in Fairfield County to receive grants. Overall, STEAP granted $686,000 to the area.

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