Town of West Hartford Looking for Feedback on North Main Street Road Diet Trial

The North Main Street road diet, which changes the configuration to one lane in each direction with a left turn lane in the center, will become permanent. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

As part of the process of collecting data on the now-underway North Main Street road diet trial, the community is being asked to respond to a survey.

By Ronni Newton

The North Main Street Road diet became operational on Aug.13, and now that the trial period is roughly at the halfway point, the town is looking for additional feedback and has launched “Public Survey No. 2.”

The brief survey asks questions about the public perception of the trial, including the impact on safety, travel time, overall traffic flow, whether or not they take alternative routes, and whether it makes turning into side streets or driveways easier or more difficult. The survey, which can be accessed on the project web page on the town’s website by clicking here, or by clicking directly on this link, is intended to “identify community opportunities and concerns.”

Consulting firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) has been engaged by the town to assist with the project and will be continuing to monitor traffic and collecting data, looking at the impact on traffic other north-south routes and other roadways in town, crash frequency and severity, pedestrian and bicycle usage and safety, and traffic speed and queues.

The trial is expected to continue until the end of the winter season, after which collected data will be analyzed to determine whether or not it was a success or failure, and whether or not the revised roadway configuration will become permanent.

Comments can also be directly communicated to the project consultant VHB by calling 860-807-4405 or emailing the project team at [email protected]

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