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Road safety improvements planned in Branford

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A Branford neighborhood is building up while getting drivers to slow down. (WFSB) A Branford neighborhood is building up while getting drivers to slow down. (WFSB)

Branford is looking to develop the area around the train station that re-opened last year but residents said they are more worried about pedestrian safety more than anything.

With the high volume of cars and speeding, many residents said they are concerned especially about the safety of people walking and biking in the neighborhood.

Resident Rhonda Butler said that “accommodating pedestrians is absolutely key” and that Branford “does not give you enough access to get people out and about and healthier.”

There are no bike lanes and not all sidewalks that connect the train station and surrounding areas. When you add in all the cars often going above the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour, this becomes a worry for many people.

"I bike here all the time, no bike lane, but that's everywhere," Dwight Blanchard, of Branford, said. "People think they're on a highway and they're not."  

Blanchard also said people need to "know the speed limits haven't changed."

The Branford Police Department said that speeding is a concern in every neighborhood and officers on patrol are doing radar and speed assignments daily.

Many residents said they hope these issues will be raised as part of the town’s transit-oriented development plan.

Planners said they have come up with proposals such as crosswalks, lights, trees, signs, parallel parking, bump-outs to slow down cars, textured pavements, and even curb extensions to calm traffic down and to increase pedestrian safety.

Rhonda Butler of Branford said where she lives on Harbor Street that “the traffic flow is pretty crazy” and that “there are no adequate sidewalks provided.” 

Planners are going to make any needed revisions after hearing residents voice their concerns at a public presentation that happened this week.

Planners will be issuing a final report in mid-November.

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