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Project looks to re-connect, re-develop downtown New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A federal grant puts in plans to re-vamp the New Haven Downtown crossing project. 

The plan to reconstruct the old Route 34 downtown crossing project has been in place for over 10 years.

The project was put into place in order to re-develop downtown Elm City neighborhoods. Developers are going to re-build what was once a neighborhood by building right on top of and over that highway. 

"It's kind of a canyon between our central business district, the area where the Hill neighborhood, the Yale Medical School, Yale New Haven Hospital and Union Station," New Haven Planner Karyn Gilvarg said. 

A $20 million federal grant will go towards adding another crossing.   

The overall plan includes a total of four crossings going over the connector. The first big change was adding the College Street Bridge, and the addition to Alexion Pharmaceuticals. 

"That's really the argument here, we want five more Alexions here, and we need the infrastructure to support them," New Haven Economic Development Administrator Matthew Nemerson said. 

A crossing at Orange Street is currently in the planning stages, and the grant will go towards a third crossing at Temple Street. 

"This will be trans-formative. Ten years from now, people will come back, there will be four more buildings here, all filled in," Nemerson said. "Walking on sidewalks, going into shops. You won't even know there is a highway underneath.  And the highway will just be a tunnel feeding into the parking garage."   

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