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Greenwich Gets $2.75M to Upgrade Traffic Lights on Arch Street

Greenwich is one of nine Connecticut towns that will share a $20 million federal grant for transportation projects designed to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality, and reduce energy use.

Ever been frustrated with the timing of the traffic lights on Arch Street? Soon they will react to changing traffic conditions in "real time."

will receive a grant of $2.75 million to install Adaptive Signal Control Technology along the busy artery just off I-95 Exit 3, Gov. Dannel Malloy's office recently announced.

Greenwich is one of nine Connecticut towns that will share a $20 million federal grant for transportation projects designed to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality, and reduce energy use, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Adaptive Signal Control technology is said to improve the flow of traffic between traffic lights. It works by automatically adjusting the timing of red, yellow and green lights based on changing traffic patterns. This is in contrast to conventional systems, which are set on timers.

"With less idling at signals and less stop and go between signals, there will be fewer exhaust emissions and less fuel wasted," Malloy said in the release.

The Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funded the grant. The project, which will be managed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is expected to commence in 2013.

mstrace September 09, 2012 at 10:44 AM
what about King St./120A?? the condition of the CT portion of this roadway is horrendous. besides no street lights of any kind (not even reflectors) the trees are overgrown, dangerous and unsightly. greenwich should be ashamed of itself. it is not being a good neighbor to ny or taking the safety of anyone traveling on its roads seriously.
Vince DiMarco September 09, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Hmm...While I would agree that there are some things that needs attention - in particular the shoulders where there are no sidewalks, I'm not so sure the portion you feel is in CT actually is CT. Seems to me Greenwich has done a pretty responsible job on its portion of King St, and in general, takes road safety very seriously - at least for automobiles.
Skip September 09, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I hope it stops traffic building up on the south bound exit ramp backing up onto the highway... This is maddening and dangerous. lets see.
Peter F. Alexander September 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Make Greenwich Avenue 2 way again and cut the Federal Budget by 2.74999 million. That will cover the cost of removing one way of thinking signs and solve congestion creation.
Mary Hull September 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The intersection of King Street & the Merritt Parkway is a fatality just waiting to occur. A driver coming from Connecticut who wishes to turn towards Greenwich must go under the bridge andd turn a sharp right which leaves them standing still on the Merritt if more than two cars are there at the same time. Many, many minor accidents occur there daily. Why is this ridiculousness there and why is the rest of King Street in bad shape? Because one side is in New York and the other side is in Connecticut. So which state addresses the issue? The sad answer is: Neither!
Leslie Yager September 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Mary Hull is right!!!! "A driver coming from Connecticut who wishes to turn towards Greenwich must go under the bridge andd turn a sharp right which leaves them standing still on the Merritt if more than two cars are there at the same time. Many, many minor accidents occur there daily." THAT WAS NEARLY ME. SCARED MY PASSENGER TO DEATH!

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