More than 30 people attended a meeting last Monday regarding crash data, trends and mitigation efforts regarding the hazardous Route 4, which has claimed more deaths this year than any others since 2008.
There have been 392 crashes along the corridor since 2008 and 85 injuries. There have been seven fatalities since 2008, five of them have been this year.
The majority of those at the meeting felt distracted driving was the greatest contributor to crashes on Route 4. Speed was also a concern.
From speed data collected over one week last August, there were 1,400 vehicles that were traveling at speeds above 56 mph in a 45 mph zone.
The group discussed the narrowness of the road and decided teamwork would be the best solution. There were four Es discussed: Enforcement, Engineering, Education and Emergency Medical Services.
VTrans is exploring the possibility of repaving the highway surface from 1-89 to Route 5 in July and August, pending funding availability. Rumble stripes will be installed in appropriate locations along the corridor in late August and highway markings will be repainted.
In August, VTrans will also install permanent mounted speed feedback signs.
The area will continue to be enforced 32 hours a week by the Hartford Police Department and the Windsor County Sheriffs.
Message boards will be installed along the corridor to provide safety messages to drivers. This summer and fall, law enforcement will hold safety checkpoints along the corridor to stop vehicles and provide them with highway safety information.