Drones being launched for Black Rock Turnpike traffic study

The Fairfield Police Department announced today that this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fitzgerald and Halliday, a transportation planner and engineering firm, will be conducting a traffic study on the Black Rock Turnpike business corridor.

Given the complexity of traffic conflicts along this corridor, the firm is looking for better information to calibrate their traffic models in order to provide more accurate solutions.

During this afternoon’s traffic study, there will be seven commercial drones launched from three different locations along Black Rock Turnpike covering Samp Mortar Drive to Tunxis Hill Corner:

  • The corner of Black Rock Turnpike and Fairfield Woods Road
  • 309 Stillson Road
  • The northern end of Katona Drive Extension

These are the areas selected to launch the drones, but they are subject to change if existing conditions present challenges to the drone operators. In the event of high winds or rain, the study will be conducted tomorrow at the same times and locations.

The seven drones will fly simultaneously for approximately 20-30 minutes. Pilots will operate along the edge of the road, within the right-of-way. Police officers will be monitoring the operation to ensure that there are no issues with traffic or launch.

The traffic study is part of the Town’s efforts to improve the safety of this heavily traveled corridor. The Town had received a State grant to identify strategies to create a safer and more attractive pedestrian environment and to develop more robust infrastructure for bicycles, buses and other vehicles as well as improved connections between nearby residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants situated along this vital corridor.

For more information about the Black Rock Turnpike Safety Study, including how to get more involved, visit http://bit.ly/blackrocksafetystudy.

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