State Representative Themis Klarides (R-114) is raising concerns about the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed changes to the intersection of Routes 67 and 63 in Woodbridge following public outcry that the project will diminish road safety.
Earlier this month Rep. Klarides met with DOT Commissioner James Redeker for an update on the project, which was conceived of almost a decade ago following only one traffic study performed in January 2004.
Rep Klarides’ concerns were heightened by the issuance of a report created by a group of concerned community representatives, titled Analysis, Facts and The Truth Behind the 63/67 Intersection Construction, in which the decade-old study performed by the DOT for a 24 hour period in January of 2004 was analyzed.
The report raised questions about the construction project, including the use of outdated data. Many residents believe the traffic signal will increase congestion and pollution, reduce the accessibility of driveways and side streets and increase the number of accidents. They also anticipate that leveling of the road will encourage speeding, and believe the walk signal is unneeded given there are no sidewalks at the location.
A recent traffic count announced by the DOT and performed during the ongoing construction, indicates there has been a 10% increase in traffic in the area, but the public is still waiting for a new report to be released by DOT that would justify and explain the need for overhauling the intersection.
“The community has not been adequately informed or given the opportunity for feedback by the DOT, and people are understandably upset,” Rep. Klarides said. “Many residents are telling me their concerns are not being addressed by the DOT and the project is moving forward in spite of significant community opposition. Safety is paramount, and I am alarmed that folks believe so strongly that these changes will in fact compromise road safety; I think now that the plan must be reevaluated.”
Longtime Woodbridge resident Peter Aaronson, who has been a vocal advocate for a group of concerned citizens, states “The community feels strongly that the State did not communicate nor include our community in a decision that has adversely affected our homes and wellbeing.”
Rep. Klarides added “Given the public outcry and questions, the DOT should pause and reassess the project before moving forward.”
To obtain a copy of Analysis, Fact and The Truth Behind the 63/67 Intersection Construction detailing the information on the complaints of Woodbridge residents, send a request to email@example.com. There is currently a petition being circulated in an effort to stop the plans from moving forward.
If the project moves forward as scheduled, it will be completed by October 2015.