Department of Transportation Upgrading Traffic Flow Monitors in Fairfield County

The Department of Transportation recently announced its Office of Engineering is developing plans to upgrade and expand closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs), traffic flow monitors and communication upgrades on I-95 and Route 7 in Fairfield County.

"When I visited the Department of Transportation's headquarters, I was amazed by the technology that their team uses to monitor Connecticut highways and rapidly respond to incidents. I'm pleased that they are expanding and updating their infrastructure in Fairfield County, and I know these investments will promote public safety and alleviate traffic," said State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport). "This is a great thing for our community."

"I'm glad for this investment in technology that has a positive impact on the flow of traffic on our highways and roads," said State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). "I look forward to the advantages in accident and traffic response possible with more up-to-date resources."

"I am grateful the Department of Transportation is expanding our camera monitor system in order to improve the flow of traffic in Fairfield County," said State Senator Pat Billie Miller (D-Stamford). "If our first responders have more resources to use in place, they will be able to respond to an emergency situation quickly and efficiently."

The project in question will involve the upgrade and expansion of existing camera networks for up-to-date traffic conditions and travel times to emergency responders, the media and motorists. Existing fiber-optic cable and cameras on I-95 will be replaced; new ones will be installed along Route 7, with further work including the installation of traffic flow monitors and communication equipment.

The current schedule for this work will see its design completed in April 2023, with construction starting in the fall of 2023. The project is expected to be funded with 80% federal and 20% state funds. The limited nature of the work in question means there will not likely be an informational meeting or formal public hearing for the project.

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