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Ridgefield Clamors For Traffic Light At Parks And Recreation

Ridgefield may add a traffic light on Route 35 at the entry way to the Parks and Recreation.
Ridgefield may add a traffic light on Route 35 at the entry way to the Parks and Recreation. Photo Credit: Google Maps, edited Alissa Smith

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Finding ways to better control the traffic flow into and out of Ridgefield has long been an issue, and the possibility of adding a traffic light by Parks and Recreation has stirred up some talk.

At a recent Board of Selectman meeting, the possibility of putting a traffic light on Route 35 at the driveway to Parks and Recreation was discussed with no definite answer.

However, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the board would get more information about the traffic light and a possible 10-house development on a 5-acre plot of land nearby. The next meeting for the Board of Selectmen is Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m.

On The Ridgefield Daily Voice Facebook page, readers weighed in on the subject, with many saying a traffic light is needed but so is a protected left turn.

“A light is needed there, but there needs to be a left turn lane constructed for eastbound traffic on route 35. Part of the problem is there is only one lane of traffic in each direction, so cars waiting to turn left into the rec center hold up all traffic behind. Just installing a light with a green arrow will only partially resolve this situation. There would need to be a fairly long left turn lane constructed also,” posted Robert Lavelle.

Nicole Fedorchak Genna agreed with Lavelle, saying, “I think we should start with a left turn lane.”

“Traffic is bad enough in the morning without a light there. There would be more traffic there. It's not that hard to get in and out of there,” Kelly Meiner posted. “They need to widen 35 all the way to the rec center. That would help alleviate some of the traffic.”

Others, such as Tom Devlin, said a light is necessary because there have been too many close calls while exiting Parks and Recreation.

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