The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a meeting on Tuesday night where they are urging people to share their opinions on the proposed changes to Route 9 in Middletown.
Last month, Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed a $75 million project to re-configure the highway and improve traffic flow.
Tuesday's meeting will be held at at the Elks Lodge 771, 44 Maynard St. It starts at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited to the event.
DOT released the following information about the projects:
Project No. 82-316:
The purpose of this project is to enhance safety for vehicles at the on-ramp of Route 17 onto Route 9 north, which has a high frequency of rear-end type crashes. This project will replace the existing bridge immediately north of the stop-controlled on-ramp to accommodate a full length acceleration lane and remove the stop controlled condition. The intersection of Union Street, Harbor Drive and River Road, located under the bridge, will be reconfigured to improve traffic operations and facilitate pedestrian movements.
This project will also close the existing on-ramp onto Route 9 north located at the north end of Harbor Drive and transform Harbor Drive into a local access road with on-street parking and various pedestrian amenities.
Additional improvements such as the replacement of the existing intersections at Route 17 and Main Street/Extension interchange with a teardrop roundabout will be implemented.
Project No. 82-318:
The purpose of this project is to mitigate the congested traffic conditions on the section of Route 9 that passes through the City of Middletown and improve access to Middletown. This concept proposes to remove the two existing traffic signals, constructing two new bridges to carry Route 9 southbound over the Hartford Avenue and Washington Street intersections, as well as reconfiguring some of the access to Middletown from Route 9. The access modification will involve removing the Route 9 northbound left-hand exit onto Harford Avenue (St. John’s Square) and also removing the Route 9 southbound right-hand exit onto Washington Street.
Additionally, this project proposes to improve pedestrian access to the riverfront area by installing a pedestrian bridge that will connect Main Street to Harbor Park over DeKoven Drive and Route 9.
This project will also improve traffic operations at the Washington Street and DeKoven Drive intersection by installing a roundabout, and along Main Street by installing sidewalk bump outs (curb extensions) at all the major intersections. The sidewalk bump outs will shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians, improving pedestrian safety as well as reducing the required crossing time so that the additional time can be allocated to the traffic on Main Street.
To learn more about the project, click here.
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