Danbury’s White Street to Get Facelift to Help Traffic Flow
If you've ever driven down White Street in Danbury, you know that traffic is basically always an issue.
Well that's all about to change. The City has received a 2.65 million dollar state grant to begin a complete renovation of the White Street and Locust Avenue intersection.
City Council President, Joe Cavo, explained just what this construction improvement will entail.
"The city applied to the state for a grant, and we received 100% funding for improvements to the White Street, Locust Avenue intersection. What's going to happen is they are going to make improvements to that intersection, and that will help with the traffic flow by adding turning lanes, a little bit of road widening so you can fit the new turning lanes in."
The main reason for this project is to help control the flow of heavy traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours. Cavo told us that there may be some inconvenience during the construction. "I always tell people that there's going to be a little pain involved while the construction is going on, but in the end, it's going to be worth it. Look at some of the other projects we've already completed on North Street and Padanaram Road, now that they are both done, I bet people don't even realize how nicely they work. People that live in that area probably do, but people who just travel through would never know what it was like, and what it's like now. The good thing is that the city will be doing the project with contractors, so it will be under our control."
Something else that will be part of this project is the re-timing of the traffic lights from the garage by Western Connecticut State University to the Federal Road intersection. Cavo said that's something that's always done during this type of a project. "That always goes hand in hand with this type of road improvement. There may even be some new traffic lights installed that will help with the turn lanes, it should be a bonus to the area."
Don't expect the work to start right away, the timeline the city is looking at right now is probably sometime in the late summer, and expect the construction to continue for around 18 months.