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Norm Needleman

Representing Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook

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Sen. Needleman Welcomes State Bond Commission Funding for Chester Ferry Landing, Gillette Castle State Park Repairs

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Chester) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to release significant funding for a major ferry landing and reconstruction of a local state park. The ferry improvements will benefit local transportation, while they will work to increase local tourism in conjunction with the park reconstruction.

“The Chester-Hadlyme ferry is an important resource for commuters and tourists in the 33rd District, and Gillette Castle State Park is a vital draw both locally and state-wide,” said Sen. Needleman. “Replacing damaged timber at the Chester-Hadlyme ferry landing will further support transportation while ensuring this ferry, which transports up to 300 cars per day, remains active. Gillette Castle State Park, a centerpiece of our District, will receive vital upkeep that will help it remain a key attraction for our region. I thank Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for their support.”

Roughly $4 million will be allocated to replacing all damaged and rotted timber piles and associated hardware at the Chester-Hadlyme ferry landing as well as the Glastonbury-Rocky Hill ferry landing. Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam will see $1.993 million allotted for reconstruction of collapsed retaining walls, a deteriorated entrance portico, and related projects.

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