VPIM Stafford Centerline Rumble Strips

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The public is invited to a virtual public information meeting regarding the installation of Centerline rumble strips in Stafford

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will host a virtual public information meeting regarding the installation of central rumble strips on sections of Route 190 (West Stafford Road) and Route 319 (Orcuttville Road) in Stafford on Thursday July 14 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live via Microsoft Teams Live Event and YouTube Live. A question and answer (Q&A) session will immediately follow the presentation. The presentation will be recorded. Instructions on how to join the meeting and how to provide feedback or ask questions can be found on the project webpage: State Project 171-478.

The purpose of the project is to discuss the installation of central soundtracks (CLRS). CLRS are a cost-effective and proven safety countermeasure that reduces the risk of frontal and side collisions in opposite directions. A CLRS is a longitudinal safety device installed at the axis of a paved road. It consists of a series of milled grooves embedded in the axis of the pavement, which are covered with yellow markings on the axis. These grooves produce sounds and vibrations intended to alert distracted, drowsy or inattentive drivers that they have unintentionally crossed the center line. For drivers who unintentionally cross the center line, the audible and vibration warning provided by CLRS greatly improves the chances of a quick and safe return to their lane. When drivers do not recover safely, the warning created by the soundtracks often improves the driver’s reaction, reducing the severity of the accident. The CLRS also serves as an effective means of locating the taxiway in bad weather. Pavement markings are often obscured in fog, snow or rain. The vibration provided by CLRS can help drivers avoid unintentionally crossing the center line in these conditions.

Impacts on the right-of-way associated with the proposed project are not anticipated.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2022. The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $25,000. This project should be undertaken with 100% state funds.

The public information meeting is held to give the public and the local community an opportunity to comment or ask questions about the proposed project. Individuals with limited Internet access may request that project information be mailed to them by contacting Ms. Natasha Fatu by email at [email protected] or by phone at (860) 594-2731. Please allow one week for processing and delivery.

People with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling (888) 566-5916 and entering the participant code when prompted: 9977843. People with hearing impairments and/or speech can dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). The MS Teams live event offers closed captions for the hearing impaired and non-English translation options. A recording of the official presentation will be posted on YouTube after the event and closed captioning (including non-English translation options) will be available at that time. The recording will also be available in the DOT Virtual Public Meetings listing here: CTDOT-VPIM Library

Visit the project webpage for options for Apple users. During the Q&A session and the 14-day comment period following the meeting, individuals may leave a question or comment by email (preferred) to [email protected] People can also leave a question or comment on voicemail by calling (860) 944-1111. Please mention the project in your voicemail.

Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Hotline (860) 594-2109. Requests must be made at least 5 working days before the meeting. Language assistance is provided free of charge to the public and efforts will be made to respond to requests for assistance in a timely manner.

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