August 8, 2022

Senator Haskell, Rep. Berger-Girvalo Announce Additional Bethel, Ridgefield Traffic Signal Upgrades In 2023

State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) and State Representative Aimee Berger-Girvalo (D-Ridgefield) announced today that in addition to seven intersection upgrades in Bethel, Redding and Ridgefield announced earlier this week, two more intersections – one each in Bethel and Ridgefield – will receive upgrades in 2023. These intersections will see new countdown pedestrian indications, accessible pedestrian pushbuttons and concurrent pedestrian phasing, part of 25 announced improvements in 20 towns across the state.

The work, slated for the second half of 2023, will improve accessibility and pedestrian safety in high-traffic parts of Connecticut. The Department of Transportation has now announced 65 intersection improvements slated for next year.

“Traveling across our district by car and foot reveals how frustrating, and sometimes dangerous, local traffic can be, especially for pedestrians,” said Sen. Haskell. “By improving the resources available for pedestrians at intersections, including upgraded countdowns, pushbuttons and pedestrian phasing, folks will be safer when they’re crossing the road. These investments in traffic mitigation will make sure my constituents can get from point A to point B without issue.”

“Across the state we’ve seen an increase in accidents involving pedestrians and distracted drivers,” said Rep. Berger-Girvalo. “Any measure that addresses these tragedies and reduced the chance of them happening here in Ridgefield is needed and welcomed. I’m so pleased to see the implementation of some of the crossing projects for which our residents have advocated, and I’m looking forward to seeing future improvements with a goal to increase pedestrian safety.”

The intersections in question receiving upgrades include:

  • Bethel – Route 53 (Grassy Plain Street) at Francis J. Clarke Circle
  • Ridgefield – Route 7 (Ethan Allen Highway) at Topstone Road and Cains Hill Road

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