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Southington officials look to fix dangerous intersection in town

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SOUTHIGNTON, CT (WFSB) -

A popular Southington intersection has been the scene of plenty of accidents over the past few years.

The area in question is the vicinity of West Street and Jude Lane and now the town is trying to get a grant to make it safer for drivers.

Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback told Eyewitness News there have been 13 accidents at the West Street and Jude Lane intersection and eight more within a couple hundred feet since 2010.

"It's just a dangerous intersection," said driver Russell Bly.

For that reason, the town of Southington is applying for a $500,000 grant through the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

If they get it, town officials told Eyewitness News it would help correct the West Street and Jude Lane intersection.

Town engineers have looked at the area before. Plans have already been talked about to improve sight lines and the overall configuration of the area.

"We can definitely use some widening. I mean they're putting more businesses in," said driver John Matczak.

Many drivers say that's part of the problem.

"We have Target over here, Lowes. There is a lot more traffic so they're going to be a lot more accidents," Bly said.

Some drivers said they think there are other streets in Southington that should be looked at too.

"In the morning, it's just as busy as it is on Queen Street," Joseph Guimond said. "That is the Main Street for Southington."

Town officials have until the end of May to apply.

The Southington Town Council supported the application process earlier this week.

There is no word on when the state will make their decision.

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