New Britain to modernize city traffic signals; will cut wait time for motorists

Published on Friday, 22 May 2020 17:08
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – A contract for a traffic signal modernization project has been greenlit by the city’s Common Council.

An agreement with NY-Conn Corporation of Danbury has been entered for phase two of the citywide traffic signal modernization program. According to the city, the project includes the full replacement of five traffic signals, equipment upgrades to 11 traffic signals, timing and coordination improvements at 23 intersections, and the expansion of the city’s traffic management system. This project is expected to reduce the wait time for motorists by 38%, resulting in at least a 16% reduction in carbon monoxide emissions.

The funding comes from a $3 million grant through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. The expected completion date for this phase is summer 2021.

Phase two of the modernization program is focused on downtown New Britain, which includes several traffic signal replacements and upgrades, along with the creation of a centralized traffic management center. The center will create many benefits, including monitoring and adjusting traffic signal timings, implementing alternate local timing plans when incidents or closures occur on state Routes 9 and 72, instant reporting allowing for timely responses to issues, traffic signal controller scans, data collection and monitoring intersections during inclement weather and snow operations.

By having the traffic management center monitoring the 23 intersections, the information gathered from the intersections will help reduce excessive congestion, reduce delays and improve safety. The coordination plans will be implemented along the West Main Street, Main Street/Broad Street, Myrtle Street and Columbus Boulevard corridors.

The project will also provide new equipment to include audible pedestrian equipment upgrades to meet the manual uniform traffic control devices and Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Phase one of the program focused on evaluating existing equipment, identifying new city of New Britain standard traffic signal equipment, and forming the program.

Mayor Erin Stewart said the project is another example of how New Britain is becoming a smarter and more technology-driven city.

“Creating a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation system is a vital component of a successful community,” Stewart said. “Both motorists and the environment will benefit from this project.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 22 May 2020 17:08. Updated: Friday, 22 May 2020 17:10.