WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) announced today three federal grants totaling $7.35 million for the Cities of Bridgeport and Norwalk and the Town of Greenwich to ease traffic congestion and reduce vehicle exhaust emissions. The grants were awarded through the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

“Today’s grants mean easier commutes, more energy efficient transportation alternatives, and cleaner air for our families to breathe,” said Himes. “These projects will help bring Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure into the twenty-first century, and I look forward to working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and these three towns to implement these projects.”

Under today’s grant announcement, Bridgeport will receive $1.6 million to create a city-wide bicycle network and “Bike-Share” project, which allows residents and commuters to borrow bicycles at various bike stands throughout the city.

Norwalk will receive $3 million to complete the third phase of its ongoing traffic signal upgrade program, which will make improvements to traffic signals on Route 1, Route 123, East Avenue and Strawberry Hill Avenue.

Greenwich will receive $2.75 million to install Adaptive Signal Control Technology along the Arch Street corridor, thus improving traffic flow between traffic lights.