The scene of a three-vehicle crash Monday at Cross Highway and Bayberry Lane. / Photos, Westport Fire Department Facebook page
The scene of a three-vehicle crash at Cross Highway and Bayberry Lane last December, which sent one person to the hospital. / File photo, Westport Fire Department Facebook page

WESTPORT — A public meeting on plans to upgrade traffic and pedestrian safety along the local corridor considered “the most dangerous” in Westport — Cross Highway, between the intersections with North Avenue and Bayberry Lane — will take place March 14.

The perilous stretch of road — where more than 20 crashes have been reported over the last three years — has been studied by a contractor hired by the town for $313,500 last September.

The meeting, attended by officials involved in the study, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Town Hall auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave.

Engineers from Tighe & Bond, the consulting firm hired to do the traffic study, will attend the session remotely, according to meeting organizers, with access “to design data and drawings to aid in the discussion.”

Cross Highway map, between North Avenue and Bayberry Lane
Map highlights the stretch of Cross Highway, from North Avenue (red dot at left) and Bayberry Lane (right), which has been studied by consulting engineers hired last fall by the town.

Potential plans to improve traffic safety and reduce accident risks will be outlined for the public’s comments.

Officials scheduled to attend the meeting include First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker, Department of Public Works representatives and others.

Among the proposed changes up for discussion are:

  • Install traffic signals. 
  • Widen the road at the intersections to realign approach and turning lanes.
  • Build roundabouts at the intersections.
  • Add crosswalks in “key” areas.
  • Construct new sidewalks and/or repair existing sidewalks.
  • Revise signs posted along the right-of-way.
  • Relocate utility poles.
  • Replace the bridge over Deadman Brook.

For questions, contact Town Engineer Keith Wilberg at 203-341-1128 or kwilberg@westportct.gov.