Central Ave. & Willard St. New Haven, CT
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.· Reported by Anonymous · Flag Flagged
196 West Rock Ave. New Haven, ConnecticutThe sycamore tree in front of 196 West Rock Avenue has had several generations of squirrels living in it, in the main trunk. There are now numerous dead branches, including some very large branches. It looks like the hollowed out trunk has hit a point where something needs to be done. We're not keen on the idea of a large branch falling on someone's car, or on a house. Thank you. It looks like this year's batch of baby squirrels has left for the summer, so no one will be made homeless at this point.
400 468 Central Ave New Haven, CT
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.
Vista Terrace New Haven, CTThe much needed speed bumps on the Vista Terrace cut-through were a welcome sight, but I didn't notice them at first. There are signs on the side of the road, but I think the speed bumps should be painted yellow to make them more visible. The bottom of my car is angry.· Reported by Gener · Flag Flagged
309-399 Yale Avenue New Haven, ConnecticutThere has been a homeless/tinker's camp in the park on the promontory at Yale Avenue here which has been abandoned since before Thanksgiving. A nice, but collapsed tent with a huge amount of wet, sodden clothing and camping junk.
60-112 Barnett St New Haven, CT 06515, USA
Drivers routinely speed on residential Barnett St. between Willard and Fountain. Much of this is cut-through traffic trying to avoid the light at Fountain St. and Forest Rd. While cut-through traffic in and of itself is arguably OK, the speeding is not. Beside the traffic noise of fast-moving cars (often 40-45 mph), there are about a dozen kids under the age of 7 just on the half-block closest to Willard - and lots more in a one-block radius - that routinely play near the street. This is a serious safety and quality of life issue.
A few possible solutions to slow people down would be:
1) Install two nice big asphalt speed humps (rather than speed bumps, which are shorter and can be very loud when cars pass over). Speed humps do not cost a lot and work very well in substantially lowering speeds - it's an easy fix for the speeding and would probably also help cut down on the cut-through traffic. The only downside as far as I can tell is that snowplows and in-street bicyclists have to get used to them. See photo.
2) Alternate street parking from one side to the other once or twice down the block, and bump-out or stripe the transitions with chicanes. The bump-outs could create some nice new planting areas, which neighbors on this block would likely and gladly take on maintenance of. Building them is relatively expensive b/c of the curbing, but they could be striped first as a cheap experiment. See photo in next post.
3) Just allow cars to park on both sides of Barnett, creating what's called a "queuing street" - cars have to pull over and wait to pass one another. This latter approach is a new standard for low-volume residential streets in Portland, OR and is the defacto standard on older streets all over the world. This would be cheapest - just some new parking signs. Barnett is roughly 27' wide, just between the 26-28' wide standard for a two-sided parking queuing street.
I look forward to hearing other possible solutions.· Reported by Chris Heitmann · Flag Flagged
55 Laurel Rd. New Haven, CTDrivers are speeding on Laurel Rd. Even though there is a posted speed limit sign of 25mph, drivers are taking advantage of the downward slope of the street, and that it is now a double-wide one-way street that used to be two-ways. Can speed bumps be implemented on the street, or better traffic monitoring be done by using a Traffic Radar Trailer on the street?· Reported by Arun Manickam · Flag Flagged
106 Valley St New Haven, CT 06515, USAwe have had so many accidents on valley st--a high traffic st. due to SCU and those circumventing Whalley Ave. last summer we had 3 bloody accidents right in front of our house (within a month or two). people speed like crazy here, on their cell phones, going 50 mph!! we are lucky if we get out of our driveway alive--our neighbors all complain about this too. it is far too dangerous, and we have children here. WE NEED SPEED BUMPS TO HELP the situation PLEASE!! thank you!! thank you!!· Reported by Emily & Michael Diffenderffer · Flag Flagged
2-160 Fountain Terrace New Haven, CT 06515, USApot holes trough out fountain terrace also we need speed enforcement or speed bumps installed there is an issue with speeders driving through our street, its a danger to us trying to pull out our driveways and also our children, multiple families feel the same way i do and we would like something done.· Reported by Anonymous · Flag Flagged