Requests: road safety
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.
90 W Elm St New Haven, CT 06515Cars and trucks (especially tow trucks and landscaping vehicles) speed up and down Central Avenue all day. More than half roll through the stop sign at Central and West Elm.
6 Fountain St New Haven, CTThis issue was closed about a year ago but for some reason the DOT or the City Traffic has changed this back to a flashing yellow. It is VERY VERY DANGEROUS with traffic merging from Fountain into Whalley and the village into Whalley and West Rock. People turning from Whalley onto West Rock on a green light have the right-of-way but vehicle fly onto Whalley from Fountain with total disregard for the law or safety or common sense. Why is this light blinking again and not a traffic signal of green/yellow/red? Why is the pedestrian signal covered in a garbage bag again? And, finally, if this is to remain a blinking yellow, the city should install a yield sign for those exiting Fountain and seriously consider an electronic NO-RIGHT-TURN signal from Whalley to West Rock that illuminates during rush hour in the morning and evening. THIS IS A TERRIBLY UNSAFE INTERSECTION AND IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO OUR CITIZENS AND ALL THE HARD WORK WVRA HAS BEEN DOING TO ATTRACT PEDESTRIANS AND TRAFFIC TO OUR VILLAGE. Please fix this.
- Acknowledged by: City of New Haven
403 West Rock Ave New Haven, CT 06515Whalley and West Rock Avenues at rush hour...this morning, at 8:10AM, light turned red and four cars coming off of Fountain ran the light, one almost hitting a car turning onto W. Rock. Suggestion of putting a strobe in the red lights...people speeding off of Fountain are in their own world and strobe may wake them up. Total disregard for the rules of the road on this intersection will lead to a deadly crash before too long!· Reported by JN · Flag Flagged
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
W Rock Ave New Haven, CTVery dangerous. Cars travel too fast down this stretch of W. Rock. Too many pedestrians and cars for these excessive speeds with park entrance, basketball and tennis court activity, restaurants and farmers' market. Chicanes or speed humps are needed in a big way. Please help us calm traffic on this block before we have an incident like the W. Elm/Forest death.
Willard St And Alden Ave.At the intersection of Willard st. and Alden Ave. there are only 2 stop signs on Willard and none on Alden. This has become a stretch of road that has constant speeders and accidents. There are many families and dog owners who cross Alden in this area and we need Stop Signs on Alden.