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    State DOT to install new traffic dividers on Ella Grasso Boulevard

    (8/10/2006) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. today said he is pleased that the Connecticut DOT will return to Ella Grasso Boulevard on Monday to install special traffic dividers designed to slow motorists and improve safety.

    The installation is part of a long-range cooperative plan between City and State that has been in effect since April to improve vehicle traffic on the Boulevard following a spike in traffic fatalities along the strip. After experiencing seven fatal accidents on the Boulevard since January, the Mayor in April asked the state Department of Transportation to walk the area and strategize with the city police and traffic departments on a plan of improvement, which has been in place ever since.

    “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the state DOT to keep residents safe,” DeStefano said.

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation on Monday, August 14 will install special traffic dividers on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. A signs & markings crew from the Connecticut DOT will install Flexi-Guide 300 plastic traffic barriers in order to improve traffic flow and limit potential hazards on the Boulevard. Representatives from Filtrona Extrusion will be present for technical assistance. Work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and is expected to last 3 to 4 hours. Drivers should be advised of possible disruptions and delays.

    Along with the dividers, the City’s Traffic and Parking Department several months ago installed new traffic signal heads at key intersections of the Boulevard to make it easier for motorists to queue up and turn onto Legion Avenue. City and state police also used speed enforcement measures to slow speeding motorists.

    Ella Grasso Boulevard is a state owned highway, subject to state regulation and requirements. The City operates traffic signaling along the route to insure regular and prompt maintenance.

    Further information on the Flexi-Guide 300 barriers can be found at http://www.davidsonplastics.net/highway/fg300_curbQZ.htm.

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