Jan Hochadel

State Senator

Jan Hochadel

Deputy Majority Leader


October 6, 2023

State Bond Commission Approves Over $2 Million in Funding for Middletown, $100,000 for Cheshire

Today, state Senator Jan Hochadel (D-Meriden) is welcoming over $2 million in funding for two projects in Middletown and one project in Cheshire. Funds will be allocated to provide repairs to the Whiting Forensic Hospital in Middletown, structure improvements on the Air Line Trail in Middletown and renovations to the historical Lock 12 Park in Cheshire.

“The investment in repairs at the Forensic Hospital will create safer and more secure working conditions which allow for a more thorough investigation of evidence that is brought in,” said Sen. Hochadel. “The funds being allocated to the Air Line Trail will only enhance the experience for our residents. I am also grateful the Lock 12 Park in Cheshire is receiving a grant for it has a deep history in our community and will provide families an outdoor experience for years to come. I am thankful to the State Bond Commission for approving these grants.”

Under the Bonding Agenda, $230,000 is set to finance various minor capitol improvements and infrastructure repairs at the Whiting Forensic Hospital in Middletown. These funds will address a wide variety of emergency and infrastructure repairs including electrical, roof leaks, code compliance, and structural repairs.

Also under the Bonding Agenda, $2 million is set to provide a grant-in-aid to the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments for engineering and construction on the Air Line Trail in Middletown. The plan is for this funding to help connect the Airline Trail to go around the state.

The Bonding Agenda is also providing $100,000 to the town of Cheshire for the Lock 12 Historical Park Project. Lock 12 is the only functioning lock remaining on the Connecticut Section of the Historic Farmington Canal. Today the area is an attraction along the Town of Cheshire’s 8 mile Linear park system that was constructed utilizing both Town and State funding. The area is frequently visited by both Cheshire residents and others across the state. This funding will be utilized to update the on-site museum and make improvements to the masonry at the lock and install historical markers for visitors.