New Haven taking action to slow down speeders on Whalley Avenue

- FILE - Pedestrian crosswalk in New Haven (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Big traffic changes are on the way for one New Haven neighborhood as part of the city’s effort to slow down drivers speeding through the area. City leaders are stepping on the gas for change to make sure folks are tapping those brakes.

There is no doubt that Whalley Avenue is a major corridor in the city. Not only is it popular for commuters, it’s also where people like to eat, shop, and live; but News 8 has covered several accidents here. Just about a month ago, police said a motorcyclist was doing wheelies, and was struck and killed by an S-U-V.

So these are the changes:

  • They plan to add traffic medians – One between West Park and Fitch Streets, the other between Philip and Harrison Streets.
  • More streetlights -Those will be installed on either side of Westville Village.
  • Two new crosswalks with signals installed

Work will get under way soon, as the official launch of the calming project was Monday afternoon.

As for who is paying for all of these changes, it’s State taxpayers. Whalley Avenue is a State road, so the State of Connecticut is footing the majority of the bill, which is about $500,000. The City of New Haven is pitching in $75,000, as they will be doing the work.

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