One Connecticut Road is the State’s Deadliest for Pedestrians…


Connecticut’s deadliest roads for pedestrians

A new Tri-State Transportation committee report finds that 99 pedestrians were killed on Connecticut roads between 2011 and 2013.

The good news – that’s a drop from the 111 killed between 2010 and 2012.

So what road has proved to be the state’s most deadly for pedestrians?  Continuing a trend of the last seven years – U.S. Route 1 in Fairfield County.

Elderly pedestrians were the most frequent victims of these fatal incidents – with those 60 years of age or older making up a third of the total.

The report stated that the deadliest roads in Connecticut for pedestrians are what are called arterial roads.  The primary function of an arterial road is to deliver traffic from collector roads to freeways or expressways.  As such, many arteries are limited-access roads, or feature restrictions on private access.

Do we have a lot of arterial roads in Connecticut?

Actually, only about 15 percent of total lane miles in Connecticut are classified as arterial roads, but sadly half of pedestrian deaths in the State happen on these roads.

So what can be done to make these roads safer?

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