Central Ave. & Willard St. New Haven, CT - Westville
This intersection needs major work. Narrowing the travel lanes by reducing pedestrian crossing distances would be one of the most effective ways to permanently reduce speeds. The city could also consider raised intersections and roundabouts, as they have in other neighborhoods.
Chris Heitmann wrote:
Cars don’t look like that when crashing at 25mph, which is what the posted speed limit is here and throughout New Haven. On neighborhood streets like Central and Willard, it arguably should be slower, more like 20mph. While the NHPD has done an excellent job of stepping up traffic enforcement in the neighborhood, enforcement will only get us so far. Similarly with education: it’s needed, but will have a very limited impact (no pun intended). The third “E” - Engineering - is where the city can really improve safety here. As Pedro suggests, this intersection is an excellent candidate for a small roundabout (not as big as on West Park, for which there’s no room here). Other alternatives would be bumping out the sidewalk at all four corners, thus narrowing the street and reducing crossing distances, raised crosswalks, and/or pedestrian refuges/planted medians leading into the intersection. The city needs to really study what the BEST solution would be here, and to consult with neighbors throughout. My concern with the idea of another traffic light is that cars would arguably speed more in order to make the light. The solution needs to SLOW PEOPLE DOWN, which would make this safer for cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and the kids who cross and wait here for the school bus every morning.
Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt yesterday and that no pedestrians or cyclists without 3000 pounds of steel to product them were in the intersection when this happened. A big thank you to the NHFD for a job well done and to the Independent for bringing attention to this sadly ongoing yet preventable issue.
A few other residents wrote:
- I live a few houses down on Willard, and that intersection is horrible. You have to pull out almost into the middle of Central to see past the street parking, and people fly up and down Central. It’s the only big intersection in the area without a 4 way stop.
- I was almost involved in a serious accident in high school right at this intersection. A guy in a Camaro was flying down central, and I pulled out from willard not seeing him (since he was so far down the street) and he slammed his brakes hard and just missed me. While I was the “cause” of him stopping, it was the fact that he was going about 60 down central that would have caused the accident.
- Central is a nice long straight run through Westville and people use it as a speedway to cross over New Haven all the time since it links Rt 34 to Whalley. The minimal cost of stop signs at all of the unsignaled intersections would greatly reduce the speeds on this street.
- Thank God no one was killed last night. That is without question one of THE WORST intersections in New Haven. Speed on Central Ave combined with poor visibility from Willard is a recipe for casualties.
414 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06511 - EdgewoodGiven Whalley Ave's expansive width and high traffic volumes, and given business owners' desire to transform this space into an urban boulevard from a urban design standpoint, Whalley Avenue from the Fountain St intersection to Broadway would be the ideal location for a European/New York City-style physically separated bike lane. Ideally, this cycle track should spend most time on sidewalk level, as seen in the attached photo.
779 Edgewood Ave New Haven, CT 06515, USA - WestvilleHere's a hypothetical proposal using StreetMix: https://newhavenurbanism.wordpress.com/edgewood-avenue/ Vote it up if you want a cycle track here and want to stay updated.
890 Elm St New Haven, CT 06511, USA - EdgewoodThe white vacant house at 890 Elm St is being actively used for heavy drug use. Broken window in back provides easy access.
Norton Street New Haven, CT - Beaver HillsThey drive in packs most of the time, usually 2 on motorbikes and one on an ATV. If the obnoxious vrooming doesn't bother you, think about the safety of you and your family - at the speeds they are going, they could easily crush someone. To death.
Chapel St. - WestvilleTraffic routinely exceeding 45mph on Chapel St in Westville. Same drivers will ruthlessly tailgate (or illegally pass) anyone driving the speed limit.
Chapel Street And Ella Grasso Boulevard New Haven, CT - EdgewoodThis intersection has significant pedestrian traffic, especially children entering the park, in warmer weather months. It currently has no pedestrian crossing signal, and is a hazardous space for people to cross, given the high volume of traffic, and narrowing of the road into one lane just prior to the intersection (coming north on the Boulevard). Now is the time to address this, before kids start taking the risk to cross to and from the park this spring and summer.
400 468 Central Ave New Haven, CT - Westville
The street is currently being rebuilt between West Elm and Chapel.
This is an opportunity to get the street right, i.e., bring it into compliance with the city's Complete Streets Policy. As evidenced on numerous SeeClickFix tickets, the street is currently a liability to the neighborhood, rather than an asset. See examples at
http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/1274-speeding-and-running-stop-sign (16 votes to fix)
http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/67319-dangerous-intersection-crazy-crashes (25 votes to fix)
Instead of having to tear up Central Avenue again in a few years, why can't the city build it correctly the first time around?
As Chris Heitmann has explained elsewhere, examples would include: Not striping the double yellow (which makes the street feel like a highway), installing bumpouts, painting chicanes (which alternates the parking), lowering the posted speeds, etc.
Repaving it exactly the way it was before is the definition of insanity. The same problems will keep coming up again and again.
There are neighbors willing to organize and approve a Complete Streets compliant design. Let's do it.
1970 Chapel St New Haven, Connecticut - Westville
Need for 4 Way Stops at 1) Alden and Chapel and 2) Yale and Chapel.
Vehicles travel at very high speeds down Chapel St between Forest Rd and Ella Grasso Blvd. There are many, many serious accidents, and many near accidents at both intersections. Currently if the traffic light on Central is green, Chapel Street becomes a speedway from Forest to Ella Grasso Blvd. 4 Way Stops soon are needed.
Willard & Mckinley - WestvilleThere is a large stick (22-24 inches) laying on the sidewalk here. It has some gray/green fungus on one side that I think might be a tree disease. I will not touch it.
228 Orchard St New Haven, CT 06511 - West River
This building is a landmark historical treasure and needs to be preserved.
Please add your comments, stories about the Shul, and reasons why you feel that it is significant on the comments here.
Please forward the issue to individuals you know who are interested.
The more people who "vote" to have this fixed, the more likely this building can be restored to its former glory as a community space for all -- instead of an abandoned building.
Excellent photographs of the Shul may be found here:
396 Norton Pkwy New Haven, CT 06511, USA - Beaver HillsSpray painted word on the brick pillar to Beaver Hills.