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DOT proposes Route 39 expansion by Danbury High School

The state Department of Transportation will be holding an informational hearing tonight about a proposed expansion of Route 39 in Danbury.  The intersection improvements to Clapboard Ridge Road will be made at Beckerle Street and East Gate Road, to address left-turns during peak hours. 

The public comment period is open through August 12th. 

The informational meeting at 7pm via Microsoft Teams, and will include a live Question and Answer session.  The live event will be recorded and posted for viewing during the comment period.  A written Report of Meeting will be posted following the event that captures the Q&A session, including responses to the questions by the design team.

The DOT issued a certificate to the City in 2016, agreeing to make operational and safety improvements along Route 39 if the proposed expansion to Danbury High School was completed.  The crash histories for these intersections show a pattern of rear end collisions.

The proposed improvements include minor widening of Route 39 to allow for the addition of exclusive left-turn lanes on the southbound approaches. This work will require minor modifications to the existing drainage system. The widening also impacts multiple driveways which will require reconstruction. Route 39 will be resurfaced by milling 3” and paving 3” and the traffic signals at both intersections will be replaced or modified for the new intersection configurations.

This project also proposes tree clearing to address substandard sightlines. There are right-of-way impacts four properties, which will require easements: two sightline easements (including tree clearing), one slope easement, and an easement for traffic appurtenances.

The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $ 4.1 million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80 percent Federal Funds and 20 percent State funds.

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