Post Road west of downtown will get a facelift, including sidewalk repairs and new light posts, with the awarding of a $250,000 state grant.

The $250,000 Main Street Investment Fund grant will be used for upgrades between Mill Plain Road and South Pine Creek Road, state and local officials said.

The grant is being allocated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and was announced by state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-33.

"This is an investment that will transform the South Pine Creek (end) of the Post Road," Fawcett said in a news release issued by the office of House Democrats. "It will directly benefit dozens of small businesses along the corridor and provide a visible upgrade that I think all Fairfielders will appreciate."

The project's goal is for the Southport end of Post Road "to match the charm of central downtown Fairfield," she said.

In the news release, First Selectman Mike Tetreau called the stretch of road a "key economic corridor" and said the upgrades would help existing businesses and help to attract new ones.

The Main Street Investment Fund is administered through the state Department of Housing and provides funding to develop or improve commercial districts, attract small businesses and improve pedestrian access in town centers.

Awards are not more than $500,000 and can be used for expenses such as building improvements, signage, lighting and streetscape improvements.

Fawcett said she met with business owners along the stretch of Post Road last year, and they complained about rundown sidewalks and the need for investment.