Senator Haskell Announces $1.05 Million In State Bond Funding For Westport, Ridgefield Projects


State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) today announced that two Bethel intersections, two Redding intersections and three Ridgefield intersections will receive upgraded traffic signals in 2023. These investments will offer significant improvements to local drivers and pedestrians, improving both efficiency and safety. The Department of Transportation will conduct work in 2023. Improvements may include removing nighttime flashing flights, installing 360-degree stop bar detection cameras, adding dilemma zona detection radar units and pedestrian countdown timers at locations with exclusive pedestrian phases. These five intersections are among 40 total receiving upgrades in western Connecticut.

"Serving as a state senator means criss-crossing the district often, usually by car and sometimes on foot. I've seen firsthand how traffic builds up at these intersections, and how pedestrians struggle to cross safely," said Sen. Haskell. "I've made traffic mitigation a central part of my work as Senate Chairman of the Transportation Committee and am proud to see this funding for pedestrian countdown timers, detection cameras and other 21st century tools. These investments will help to keep my constituents safe and get them where they need to go."

"I am very grateful for Senator Haskell's assistance in moving these traffic control improvements forward," said Bethel First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker. "These intersections in Bethel have bedeviled drivers for a long time, and we are happy that ConnDOT will be able to address them this year."

The intersections in question receiving upgrades include:

  • Route 6 (Stony Hill Road) at Benedict Road and Vail Road in Bethel
  • Route 6 (Stony Hill Road) at Big Y Drive and Redwood Drive in Bethel
  • Route 57 (Georgetown Road) at Route 107/57 (Redding Road) in Redding
  • Route 107 (Redding Road) at North Main Street in Redding
  • Route 7 (Ethan Allen Highway) at Route 102 (Branchville Road) and Depot Road in Ridgefield
  • Route 35 (Danbury-Ridgefield Road) at Grove Street and Private Drive in Ridgefield
  • Route 7 (Danbury Road) at Regency/Laurel Ridge in Ridgefield

The designs for the project are currently expected to be complete in June 2023, with construction advertised in August of that year.