CME is the Consultant Planner for the Town of Essex and worked extensively with them to develop the concept and plan the approach to delivering a major walk-ability/connectivity project for the Town. CME worked with key stakeholders to develop the vision, identify key areas to connect, and to secure grant funding from the State of Connecticut’s Small-Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) to fund the project. The multi-phase project includes planning, design and construction of streetscape improvements, sidewalks and crosswalks along a 4-mile stretch of Route 154 (Main Street) that runs through the town’s historic Centerbrook Village to Ivoryton.
The project focused on improvements to and replacement of eroded or inadequate sidewalks on the south side of Main Street and installation of lighting and streetscape fixtures to enrich aesthetics and functionality in the area. The Town used this project to promote and encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the Centerbrook Village area, as well as to complete a continuous pedestrian network across all three historic villages of Essex and provides vistas of the Falls River, Mills Pond, and the cove.
In CME’s role as Consultant Planner for the Town of Essex, we have been an active partner in helping them improve their infrastructure systems and systematically connect that work to their overall vision and goals. One major obstacle the Town had was funding to deliver all they wanted to achieve. CME worked closely with Town officials and has delivered over $3.5 million dollars in grant funds in Essex alone to help them implement their projects.
CME worked with Essex staff to secure State of Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant funding to finance design and construction of streetscape improvements in the Ivoryton and Centerbrook Villages. The project focuses on improvements and replacement of eroded sidewalk on the south side of Main Street, which is a state-owned road (SR 154) and installation of lighting and streetscape fixtures to enrich aesthetics and functionality in the area.
The continuous sidewalk in that portion of Main Street exhibited inconsistent material and width, as well as displaying varying stages of deterioration and posing potential safety hazards and inconvenience to local users. The intent of the project was to enhance multi-modal aspects to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as well as to connect a continuous pedestrian network spanning all three historic villages of Essex. The four-mile stretch of ADA-compliant sidewalks also provides continuous scenic vistas including the ocean views at the cove and sweeping views of the Falls River.