Derek Slap


Derek Slap



June 13, 2023


As part of Connecticut’s recently-passed biennial state budget, Farmington will receive $25,000 in funding for two key safety improvements in the next two years for town traffic safety improvements. The funds will support the installation of pedestrian sensors at town crosswalks and provide drivers with immediate feedback on the speed at which they’re driving, both of which are positive changes that will support increased care on local roadways.

“I am proud to have helped secure this important funding that will move our community forward, with safety as a primary concern,” said State Senator Derek Slap (D-West Hartford). “These safety improvements will help keep pedestrians and drivers safe while increasing local awareness on roadways – a positive step forward for the community.”

“These new resources will play a valuable role in keeping Farmington roads safe,” said State Senator Rick Lopes (D-New Britain). “I’m grateful that we were able to provide new safety tools for the public.”

“I’m pleased that Farmington will receive this funding from the state budget for traffic safety improvements,” said State Representative Mike Demicco (D-West Hartford). “This investment will go a long way in making our roads safer for all. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike and this funding is a crucial step in achieving it.”

“This is a win for pedestrian safety in Farmington. The installation of signalized crosswalks will help improve safe street crossings by easing traffic volume and speed in the area,” said State Representative Francis Cooley (R-22). “Pedestrians, especially our children will learn to adjust their behaviors at these key intersections to better avoid serious injury.”

“Traffic issues continue to be a major concern in our community,” said Farmington Town Manager Kathleen Blonski. “I could not be more pleased that our legislative delegation was able to secure this additional funding to improve pedestrian safety and public awareness.”

The $25,000 in funding secured for traffic safety enhancements will include the installation of rapid flashing beacon signs at the intersection of Sylvan and Lovely Streets, giving pedestrians greater awareness and visibility to drivers and helping drivers slow down. It will also support the addition of a portable radar feedback sign, which will inform drivers of their speed while on the road and cause them to slow down if they’re driving too fast. It can also be moved to different locations in town depending on which areas are considered to have high or concerning rates of traffic.