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Toddy Hill Road Residents Urge Speed Control

Published: November 09, 2018 at 07:30 am

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Some Toddy Hill Road area residents concerned about the presence of speeding vehicles in their neighborhood are urging police officials to continue efforts to control the problem.

Several such residents attended the November 6 Police Commission meeting to underscore their desire for reduced vehicular speeds. The Police Commission serves as the local traffic authority.

Also, Bill Duffy of Pilgrim Lane, which extends from Toddy Hill Road, said that as a traffic safety measure, he would like the town to post traffic reflectors along Toddy Hill Road to make the edge of the roadway obvious to drivers on especially dark nights, such as November 6, when it was raining.

Pete Sepe of 83 Toddy Hill Road told commission members, “Police are doing an awesome job” in terms of their speed enforcement along Toddy Hill Road. That road connects Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook to Botsford Hill Road in Botsford.

Mr Sepe said he knows that police will remove the town’s effective portable electronic speed display from Toddy Hill Road to prevent it from being damaged during the winter season. As such, he asked what steps police would take to hold down travel speeds during the winter.

Police Chief James Viadero said that traffic studies indicate that motorist travel speeds on Toddy Hill Road average out at about 31 miles per hour. In the past, the average travel speed was about 35 mph.

Police do work to hold down traffic speeds there, the chief said. After the speed display is removed for the winter, police will continue their enforcement there, he added.

The chief said the portable speed display would remain positioned along Toddy Hill Road as long as possible, but once it starts snowing, the sign has to go into winter storage.

The long-term speed control plan for Toddy Hill road involves the town acquiring two permanent speed displays for posting in both directions on Toddy Hill Road, he said. Such electronic signs may be solar-powered.

Electronic speed displays indicate to approaching motorists their travel speed, as compared to the posted speed limit in the area.

Carolyn Sepe of 83 Toddy Hill Road asked what such equipment would cost. The chief estimated the cost of such signage at about $9,000. Such signs would be acquired when funds become available, according to the chief.

One of the residents attending the session suggested that the electronic speed sign project be expedited by mounting a so-called “Go Fund Me” fundraising drive on the internet.

Toddy Hill Road area residents started attending Police Commission meetings in the spring of 2017 to lobby for speed control there following a serious early morning auto accident in their neighborhood.

 

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