In Southbury: Pedestrian Safety Study Begins

Eric Greenburg, a seventh grader at Rochambeau School in Southbury and an active member of Boy Scout Troop 1607, attended a Pedestrian Safety Study presentation by a team of Milone & MacBroom engineers on Wednesday, June 5, at Southbury Town Hall. Transportation Engineer Ryan O’Hara, the presenter, explained the goals of improved pedestrian safety on Main Street South in Southbury. (Slavin photo)

SOUTHBURY — In conjunction with launching the Pedestrian Safety Study for Main Street South, commissioned by the Planning Commission, three engineers from Milone & MacBroom came to town on Wednesday, June 5, for the project kickoff.

In the afternoon,  Neil Olenski, lead transportation planner; Jason Williams, lead landscape architect; and Ryan O’Hara, transportation engineer, led a three-mile walk from Main Street North to Ichabod Road.

At 7 p.m., they were in the Town Hall, Room 205, ready to engage in conversation, lacing it with professional guidance and doing a great deal of listening combined with respect for the expertise and experience of town officials and members of the Planning Commission. 

At certain key times of the day, particularly in the afternoons after school gets out, a kind of rush hour builds en route to afternoon activities, doctor and dentist visits, shopping for dinner.

Mornings bring a lot of Ways drivers from other places intent on missing traffic lights out on the main roads leading to the interstates. Evenings are very quiet, despite the scary implications put forth about overloaded Main Street traffic that the movie house would attract.

Ideas raised in the conversations around Room 205 in the evening’s wrap-up of the day were in agreement that updating is overdue, but the framework is still a very workable base.

The Streetscape Plan dates back to 1990 under the aegis of the Planning Commission, followed by the Southbury Center Plan in 1994. Included was an overall landscape and streetscape design now grown into maturity.

Reaffirmed in 2014, it will now become the basis of the new study.

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