The U.S. House passed the INVEST Act yesterday, which includes funding for some local road improvement projects. 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes requested $3.3 million for intersection improvements in Danbury on Route 39 at Beckerle Street and East Gate Road.
The goal is to address left-turns during peak hours to accommodate the increase in vehicles around Danbury High School. The crash histories for these intersections show a pattern of rear-end collisions that may be associated with the lack of left-turn lanes and substandard sight lines.
Route 39 would be widened, but that requires minor modifications to the existing drainage system. The project also impacts multiple driveways. Route 39 would be repaved and the traffic signal at both intersections will be replaced and modified for the new intersection configurations.