FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The state is investing $5 million to install new traffic control signals at intersections around the state to make them safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is developing plans for the initiative to install the new equipment as part of its "Complete Streets" policy. The campaign is geared toward improving accessibility and safety for all users – not only motorists, but especially pedestrians, cyclists, and those with special mobility needs.
The project began last year and will continue through 2020, with plans to upgrade pedestrian accommodations in approximately 133 intersections across the state. Upgrades will take place in Bridgeport, East Haven, Fairfield, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven and Westport.
CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said that these upgraded traffic control signals will include features for pedestrians such as countdown signal indications, accessible push-buttons, upgraded sidewalk ramps, and crosswalks where applicable. The 17 intersections included in this latest project include those in 10 towns that have the older style audible buzzers for non-visual alerts, which will be upgraded with new audible tones.
Project design is now underway and the construction work is expected to begin in 2019.
The following are the affected intersections in Fairfield County:
- Bridgeport—State Route 730 (Huntington Turnpike) at Broadbridge Road
- Fairfield—U.S. Route 1 (Post Road) at Route 135 (North Benson Road) and South Benson Road
- Fairfield—U.S. Route 1 (Post Road) at Ruane Street
- Stratford—U.S. Route 1 (Barnum Avenue) at Soundview Avenue and Mary Avenue #2
- Stratford—U.S. Route 1 (Boston Avenue) at Bruce Avenue
- Stratford—Route 110 (East Main Street) at Driveways for Dock Shopping Center and Stratford Retailers Condominiums
- Westport—U.S. Route 1 (State Street East) at Taylor Place and Main Street
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