Connecticut’s most dangerous roads identified


(Image courtesy: Tri-State Transportation Campaign)
(Image courtesy: Tri-State Transportation Campaign)

(WTNH) — A new report from a non-profit policy group has identified which Connecticut roads are the most deadly for pedestrians.

New analysis from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign found that 99 pedestrians were killed on Connecticut roads from 2011 to 2013. The new numbers show a slight decrease from the group’s last analysis, which showed 111 pedestrians killed on state roads between 2010 and 2012.

According to the new report, U.S. Route 1 continues to be Connecticut’s most deadly road for walking for the seventh year in a row. In the period from 2011 to 2013, nine pedestrians were killed on US-1.

“For seven consecutive years, Route 1 has held the top spot as Connecticut’s most deadly road for pedestrians. While our annual analysis has noted variability in the most dangerous roads in the other states from year-to-year, without long-overdue safety improvements, it’s unlikely Route 1 can shed this label,” said Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Clearly, not enough is being done to transform this arterial into a corridor that is safe for all users.”

“I fear for their safety out there. You can’t get across unless the cars stop for you,” said Nancy Murphy, who lives near Route 1 in Milford. “It goes both ways, all the time, especially near the mall. It’s very dangerous.”

“It has no sidewalks for pedestrians,” she said. “They have crosswalks, but no lights.”

Large snowbanks only make matters worse. The dangers proved deadly for a couple back in February 2013, who were struck and killed by a passing car as they walked along the side of the Post Road after a blizzard.

“I was looking down earlier and I saw someone walking right down the right-hand lane,” said Jim Broatch, who lives and works nearby the road in Milford. “No sidewalk plowed and that’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

With three pedestrian fatalities, U.S. Route 6 was the state’s second most dangerous road in Connecticut for walking. The report states that arterial roadways, such as US-1 and US-6, often have speed limits of 40 mph or more with little pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. are the region’s most deadly for pedestrians.

While only about 15 percent of the total lane miles in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are classified as arterials, the majority of pedestrian fatalities in the region occurred on this type of road, the report claims. In Connecticut, 50 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred on roads classified as arterials.

“It’s hard to get around in Connecticut if you don’t own a car, not only because of inadequate transit options, but also because so many roads are designed without the needs of pedestrians in mind,” said Joseph Cutrufo, Connecticut Advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

(Map Source: Tri-State Transportation Campaign)

Pedestrian fatalities in all of Connecticut’s counties were as follows:

Hartford
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 5
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 11
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 12
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 28

New Haven
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 6
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 11
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 7
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 24

Fairfield
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 7
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 6
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 8
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 21

Middlesex
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 2
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 4
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 2
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 8

Tolland
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 2
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 3
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 2
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 7

New London
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 1
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 2
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 2
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 5

Windham
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 2
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 0
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 3
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 5

Litchfield
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 1
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 0
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 0
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 1

Statewide
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011 – 26
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2012 – 37
Pedestrian Fatalities, 2013 – 36
Total Pedestrian Fatalities, 2011-2013 – 99

The report states that their analysis relies upon the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to determine which routes within each county had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities from 2011 to 2013. The study excluded interstates and other roads where pedestrians are prohibited, and omits those fatalities that occurred on portions of roads where pedestrians are not allowed.

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