Residents of a windy residential street on the east side of New Canaan are seeking ways to slow down motor vehicle traffic there, officials say. Clapboard Hill Road residents have turned to traffic-calming officials in New Canaan to address what they view as a safety matter, according to New Canaan Police Capt. John DiFederico. Though the 85th percentile of drivers travel at 32 mph in the 25 mph zone there, which is “not outrageous for that road,” it’s windy and “a lot of people want to use these roads for pedestrian traffic and bike traffic and kids to play,” DiFederico said during the June 20 meeting of the Police Commission. “And some roads just aren’t really good for that,” DiFederico said at the meeting, held at the New Canaan Police Department. Traffic officials including DiFederico and Public Works Director Tiger Mann are in early conversations with representatives of the neighborhood about what may be done.
Tax records show that there are nine homes on the street, which runs for about a quarter-mile between Carter Street and Silvermine Road.
DiFederico said the department has placed speed sentries, which capture data on passing motor vehicles, just once in the past year. Continue Reading →