DOT plans pedestrian-friendly moves along Bridgeport Avenue in Milford
MILFORD >> The state Department of Transportation has planned pedestrian safety improvements along Bridgeport Avenue, following the call for such by State Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford.
DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said in response to Rose’s concerns that his agency will take measures to include repainting lines, reconfiguring lanes, adding speed limit signs and investigating many factors, including changing the timing of traffic lights and lighting.
“I am pleased to report that our voices have been heard and the DOT has agreed to make Bridgeport Avenue more pedestrian-friendly,” Rose said. “Their decision to prioritize our request is evidence of how necessary these critical improvements are. I would like to thank the DOT and our local authorities for expediting this request and working with us to make this happen.”
The concerns followed a series of accidents along Bridgeport and Woodland Avenues where more than 17 pedestrian accidents have occurred between 2006 and 2016, including four fatalities.
Nursick said the improvements include:
• Repainting pavement markings on Bridgeport Avenue — a portion of U.S. Route 1 — from the Washington Bridge to I-95 Exit 34 Ramps to include state-maintained crosswalks, stop lines and yellow centerline.
• Reconfiguring the Route 1 northbound (eastbound) lane-use arrangement at Rivercliff Avenue by removing one of the two approaching through lanes
• Investigating the lighting along Route 1 from the Milford/Stratford Town Line to Naugatuck Avenue to determine any potential lighting improvements.
• Adding speed limit signs along Route 1 from the Milford/Stratford town line to Naugatuck Avenue.
• Reviewing the timing and coordination of the traffic signals to determine if they are appropriate for the speeds in this area.
• Investigating the timing and coordination of a traffic signal at U.S. Route 1 and Naugatuck Avenue to address congestion for vehicles turning left onto Naugatuck Avenue from the Route 1 southbound (westbound) approach.
• Investigating the potential installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of the Interstate 95 Exit 35 Southbound off-ramp and Bic Drive. There have been complaints from motorists unable to make left turns at this exit.