Sen. Fasano applauds CTDOT for Safety Improvements on I-91

May 24, 2012

“After years of pushing the work is now underway.”

Hartford, CT – State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) applauds efforts by the State Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to keep their word and add much needed safety improvements along I-91.

Sen. Fasano said, “After years of pushing the work is now underway. My hope is lives will be saved.”

In 2008 CTDOT announced that it would develop plans to install and upgrade new guide railings in Meriden, Wallingford and Cromwell and median guides would be installed on I-91 in Wallingford, North Haven and Rocky Hill. This month the construction is beginning.

“Accidents on our state’s roads do happen. Some are, no doubt, the result of careless driving,” said Senator Fasano. “But some we can help prevent. Tools like these guide rails will help to reduce the number and severity of accidents along this busy stretch of road.”

Senator Fasano joined North Haven Fire Chief Vincent Landisio to push for the upgrades and installation of the guide rails after an increase in accidents, many of which were fatal. North Haven Fire Chief Vincent Landisio said the guide rails are essential to public safety.

“Since I was appointed chief in 2003, my department has seen dozens of accidents on this roadway,” said Chief Vincent Landisio. “In the event of a crash, these guide rails will help to keep cars from going off the road and, in the case of the median guides, help to reduce the number of so-called cross-over accidents where a car ends up on the other side of the road.”

State Transportation officials say 90% of the project will be funded by the federal government. The State of Connecticut will pay the remaining ten percent.

The project includes;

  • installation of median guide rail on Interstate 91 from 500 feet north of the Route 40 overpass in North Haven (Exit 10) to the Baldwin Avenue underpass (Exit 19) in Meriden
  • the removal and reinstallation of some existing light standards along Route 9 northbound and southbound in New Britain and Newington from the Stanley Street #1 overpass (Exit 28) to the Cedar Street overpass (Exit 29)
  • installation of some fire protection on Interstate 91, North Bound overpass Route 99 and South Bound overpass Route 99 in the town of Rocky Hill.