D.O.T. working on plan to reduce traffic

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Sitting in traffic may be a part of your daily commute to and from work, especially on many of the busy highways here in our state. But there are plans in the works to try and fix this problem.

According to the AAA, there are roughly 1.7 million commuters on Connecticut roads during peak driving times, which often leads to one things…traffic.

“It’s significant congestion we experience on a daily basis and people are simply getting frustrated,” said Tom Maziarz, CT D.O.T.

The Connecticut D.O.T. has launched a congestion relief study aimed at the state’s two biggest problem areas, I-95 between New Haven and New York, as well as I-84 in Hartford.

Thursday, a forum was held to discuss the matter, attracting people from other states, where highway congestion is a big issue.

“These people are bringing in some terrific information about what succeeded in their areas and we think there’s a chance of applying some of those principles down here and having some of that same success in terms of reduction in congestion,” said Maziarz.

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One of the ideas Connecticut is looking at is express toll lanes. Something the city of San Diego is currently using.

“Previously it was a car pool lane that we converted to a high occupancy or express lane where folks who are willing to pay a toll and driving as a solo occupant can use that lane for a small fee,” said Samuel Johnson, San Diego.

For those of us who have to sit in traffic, we know it can be aggravating. But it also comes at a cost.

“In both Hartford and New Haven it costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost productivity and wasted fuel. That’s tens of millions of hours lost because of congestion,” said Aaron Kupec, AAA spokesman.

The goal is to try and reduce these kinds of numbers. The D.O.T. says from now it’s just throwing around ideas and will continue to focus on the issue.

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