Requests: street signal
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.
851 Whalley Ave New Haven, CT 06515The traffic lights coming off of Fountain (where it merges onto Whalley) have had plastic bags around them for years. The pedestrian signals also do not work (with bags on them). There people who speed excessively off of Fountain and do not yield before entering Whalley. What does it take to get these lights working on an entrance MAJOR boulevard!? Why spend the money to put lights in if you don't get them working correctly????· Reported by JN · Flag Flagged
136 Fountain St New Haven, CT 06515Traffic light from McKinley on Fountain is blinking Red. Yet sign at corner says "No turn on red." No way to legally turn onto fountain if obeying posted sign. Remove No turn sign or change flashing red to R/y/g light.· Reported by Lisa%20Brandes · Flag Flagged
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.
2-66 Harrison St New Haven, CT 06515, USAThe traffic light for Harrison Street @ Whalley Ave. often wouldn't turn green. At the same time, the traffic lights for Whalley Ave. at the same intersection switching between yellow and green, but wouldn't turn red. Cars out of Harrison Street are often stuck for long period of time at the intersection.· Reported by Joy Wang · Flag Flagged
Fountain St New Haven, CT
This intersection consists of Fountain St. @ Forest Rd. & the dog-leg intersection from Forest to Dayton St. Vista Terrace also has a traffic light.
The current traffic pattern is dangerous and holds up traffic dramatically in the afternoons. From 3 PM (dismissal of school at Fountain & Emerson NW) to past 5 PM (early rush hour & avoiding Whalley Ave. construction) Fountain W-bound gets held up for 2 long blocks. School bus stop signs create a backlog.
BIG PROBLEM #1: This blockage is on the W-bound side of Fountain btw. Alden and Forest. My building is on Fountain btw. Emerson and Forest.
The road divider there makes the residents of this block approach from the W-bound side of Fountain. During crunch time it can take up to 15 minutes to get from Alden Ave. to my driveway. When I exit my parking lot at this time, the mandatory R turn depends on the kindness of strangers to let me out bcs. it's solid traffic.
BIG PROBLEM #2: There's no protected L onto Forest Rd. from Fountain St. Many, many people making this turn dive for it on the red, which means into heavy, still-oncoming traffic, bcs. E-bound Fountain has a longer green than W-bound Fountain. This aggravates the traffic congestion.
BIG PROBLEM #3: Traffic N on Forest Rd. backs up for 2+ blocks. At rush hour, cars can wait 10-15 minutes to get to the light.
*SUGGESTION*: This intersection is complicated and heavily travelled. Why not give each direction an exclusive green?
That would make the traffic pattern (going counter-clockwise): W-bound traffic on Fountain, S-bound, traffic on Dayton, E-bound traffic on Fountain, N-bound traffic on Forest.
Vista Terrace? Don't know, but there must be a way.
1 73 Emerson St New Haven, CT 06515, USA
It seems after the old issue was "acknowledged" it was also forgotten. I just want to bring it up again because I think it is a very big safety issue and should be replaced before someone is seriously injured.
When the new traffic lights were put in at the intersection of Emerson and Whalley Ave they removed the No Turn on Red sign. It is nearly impossible to see oncoming traffic when turning from Emerson onto Whalley. I turn here numerous times per day and have seen too many people try to make that right hand turn onto Whalley and nearly get hit by traffic on Whalley Ave.
The photo attached is from being stopped behind the white line looking left. With those residential shrubs it’s impossible to know who is coming at you.
PLEASE replace this sign.