Grant to help New London further improve Bank Street

New London — A grant from the state Department of Transportation will help the city continue to improve Bank Street as recommended by a 2017 transportation study, Mayor Michael Passero said.

The city plans to upgrade pedestrian crossings and traffic signals at the intersections of Tilley and Green streets, Tilley and Bank streets and Bank and Sparyard streets. Workers also will install technology to override the signals when vehicles from the nearby fire station need to get out.

The project is expected to cost $920,700.

“This funding opportunity will permit the much-needed and overdue modernization of three critical intersections,” Passero said.

He said each intersection has signals that aren’t in alignment with DOT standards and sees a high rate of crashes because of high traffic volume.

A 2017 study by engineering and consulting firm Milone & MacBroom recommended upgrading the intersections. It also recommended changes to the downtown part of Bank Street, including reducing it to one lane and removing a stop sign, that were completed last summer.

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments approved New London’s proposal, which Passero said should reduce crashes, injuries and property losses.

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