Route 39 Project

July 28, 2020

Route 39 CT Department of Transportation Project

INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM:

https://portal.ct.gov/DOTDanbury34-351

Intersection Improvements on Route 39 (Clapboard Ridge Road) at Beckerle Street and East Gate Road, in the City of Danbury.

The public comment period is open through Wednesday, August 12, 2020. If you would like to leave a comment or ask a question, you may send the CT DOT an email or leave a voicemail.

Project Email: [email protected]

Phone: (860) 944-1111 (Reference the project in your voicemail.)

There will be a live Question and Answer session immediately following the formal presentation to be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. This will take place through the Microsoft Teams chat function.

SEE BELOW for information and guidance on how to access the Virtual Public Info Meeting to be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The Department of Transportation (Highway Design) will conduct a Virtual Public Information Meeting concerning the proposed Intersection Improvements on Route 39 (Clapboard Ridge Road) at Beckerle Street and East Gate Road on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed via Microsoft Teams Live Event and YouTube Live. A Question and Answer session will immediately follow the presentation. The presentation will be recorded. Instructions on how to access the meeting and on how to provide comments or ask questions can be found at the project webpage:  https://portal.ct.gov/DOTDanbury34-351

The live stream of the formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The project is identified as State Project No. 0034-0351.

The purpose of this project is to address the left-turn movements during peak hours on Route 39 at Beckerle Street and East Gate Road. The Office of the State Traffic Administration issued a certificate (No. 034-1603-02) to the City of Danbury on June 2, 2016 agreeing to make operational and safety improvements along Route 39 at the intersections of Beckerle Street and East Gate Road if the proposed expansion to Danbury High School was completed. These improvements are being proposed to accommodate for the increase in vehicles making left-turn movements at these intersections to access the High School. The crash histories for these intersections show a pattern of rear end collisions that may be associated with the lack of left-turn lanes and substandard sight lines. The Traffic Capacity and Level of Service (LOS) Analysis show the LOS of each intersection is expected to worsen if no improvements are made.

The proposed improvements include minor widening of Route 39 at the intersections with Beckerle Street and East Gate Road to allow for the addition of exclusive left-turn lanes on the southbound approaches. This work will require minor modifications to the existing drainage system. The widening of Route 39 also impacts multiple driveways which will require reconstruction. Route 39 will be resurfaced by milling 3” and paving 3” and the traffic signals at both intersections will be replaced or modified for the new intersection configurations. This project also proposes tree clearing to address substandard sightlines.

There are right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed improvements. A property title search has been requested for four properties along Route 39. All four properties will require easements, two sightline easements (including tree clearing), one slope easement, and an easement for traffic appurtenances.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2022 based on the availability of funding, acquisition of rights of way and approval of permit(s). The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $ 4.1 million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 80 percent Federal Funds and 20 percent State funds.

The public informational meeting is being held to provide the public and local community the opportunity to offer comments or ask questions regarding the proposed project. Persons with limited internet access may request that project information is mailed to them by contacting Andrew Correia by email at [email protected] or by phone at (860) 594-2586. (Allow one week for processing and delivery.)

Individuals with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling (800) 593-8994 and entering the Participant Code when prompted: 2193250. Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). The MS Teams Live Event offers closed-captioning for the hearing impaired and non-English translation options. A recording of the presentation will be posted to YouTube following the event and closed captioning (including non-English translation options) will be available at that time. Visit the project webpage for options for Apple users. During the Q&A session and the 14 day comment period that follows the meeting, individuals may leave a question or comment via email (preferred) at [email protected]. Individuals may also leave a voicemail question or comment by calling (860) 944-1111. Please reference the project in your voicemail.

Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line (860) 594-2109. Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.

Display Documents

Project-wide Color Plan (click to view PDF)

Beckerle Street Color Plan (click to view PDF)

East Gate Road Color Plan (click to view PDF)

Below is information on how to access the live event on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. Please be aware of the following:

  • While we expect to present you with a seamless presentation, disruption in the video or audio feed could occur due to many possible variables. In such an event, please be patient as we work to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.
  • Users with limited internet access will be able to call to listen into the presentation. However, it will not be possible to call in and watch the presentation simultaneously because the live feed will be somewhat delayed rom the conference call.
  • The meeting is formatted as follows:
    • Brief introductions
    • Formal presentation of the project by the lead design team
    • Following the formal presentation, there will be a live Question and Answer (Q&A) session during which time the public is invited to ask questions or provide comments. A moderator will be reviewing the email, chat, and voicemail for appropriateness and will share questions or comments with the live audience and the project team. The project team will answer those shared questions live during the Q&A. Two-way chat/email/call-in during the live broadcast will not be available.
    • The meeting will conclude after the Q&A session
  • The live event is being recorded and the recording of the formal presentation will be posted to this webpage for access during the comment period.
  • A written Report of Meeting (ROM) will be posted to this webpage following the event that captures the Q&A session, including responses to the questions by the design team.

How to Access the MS Teams Live Event

Enter the live event by clicking the link below at the time of the scheduled meeting.

MS Teams Live Event

Information on use:

  • MS Teams can be accessed through a web browser or the app can be downloaded and installed on a computer. Both can be accessed anonymously, without the need to establish an account.
  • MS Teams features a chat function which will be available for use during the Live Question and Answer session which will follow the formal presentation.
  • iPad and iPhone users: There may be limited/no chat functionality within MS Teams for those who are accessing the meeting on Apple devices or through Safari browsers
  • Comments can also be submitted by email [email protected] (preferred) or by voicemail (860) 944-1111. Please reference the project in your voicemail.

How to Access the YouTube project channel

Enter the live event by clicking the link below at the time of the scheduled meeting.

YouTube Link

Information on use:

  • Unlike MS Teams, a chat function will not be available for those who access the meeting via YouTube
  • The YouTube comments field is disabled for this event. Comments can be submitted by email [email protected] (preferred) or by voicemail (860) 944-1111. Please reference the project in your voicemail.
  • A recording of the formal presentation will be posted to YouTube after the live event. Closed captioning, including non-English translation options, will be available at that time.
  • La grabación de esta presentación estara disponible despues del evento en YouTube, incluyendo subtitulos y acceso a traducciones en otros idiomas.

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