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Norwich receives $400,000 grant to redesign Franklin Square downtown

January 24, 2019 GMT

Norwich — City officials might not like the state’s idea of installing several roundabouts along Route 82-West Main Street, but city officials were pleased to learn they have received a 350,000, plus contingency. City staff, including Thompson, City Planner Deanna Rhodes and City Engineer Patrick McLaughlin, along with public works crews for some aspects, will provide the city’s in-kind contribution in labor.

“We’re excited about it,” Nystrom, a staunch opponent of the state’s proposed Route 82 roundabouts, said. “We’re looking at it as a way to enhance the traffic pattern without spending a ton of money. A roundabout in that area would help the traffic flow.”

Robert Mills, president of the Norwich Community Development Corp. at 66 Franklin St., also welcomed the prospect of improved traffic flow in the heart of the city.

“I’m thrilled,” Mills said. “I’m hoping it’s the first of a series of transportation fixes that will return downtown into a market center.”