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Maturo: 'Full Traffic Signal' Coming for Short Beach & Mansfield Grove Intersection

East Haven Mayor's Office announced Monday the town and state Department of Transportation are expected to sign a cost-sharing agreement allowing for the installation of a new traffic light at the intersection of Route 142 and Mansfield Grove Road.

The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr recently prepared preliminary documents with the Connecticut Department of Transportation which, after Town Council approval, will result in the installation of a full traffic signal at the intersection of Route 142 (Short Beach Road) and Mansfield Grove Road.

The cost sharing agreement will be State Project No. 173-402.

The signalization at this intersection has been the subject of hundreds of requests by area residents going back for almost 20 years.

The Mayor will be executing the final agreement for the installation of the light following a special meeting of the Town Council which will give him authorization to do so.

Maturo explained, “Believe it or not, these efforts actually began when as members of the Town Council in the 90’s, Miriam Amendola and I initiated these efforts with the State DOT. Even years later, the request for a traffic signal at this location, is one of the most popular requests that I received during my prior stint as Mayor and once again since my return to office.”

Maturo continued, “This is a project that I took on personally in my first administration.  We conducted several meetings with the DOT and, at one point, I personally walked and video-taped the road to provide the State with the line-of-sight evidence it needed to justify a traffic signal at this location.  We presented the DOT with several videos of that intersection and other similar roadways where traffic lights were present. I am pleased that the many years of effort have finally come to fruition and that the pleas of this office and the residents of that area have finally been heard. I would like to thank Governor Malloy, his administration and the DOT for their actions.”

During the application process, in lieu of a light, Mayor Maturo was able to get the State to open the sight lines of the intersection, which helped to finally expedite the light’s final approval.

Once the agreement is finalized, DOT estimates the light to be operational within the next twelve months.

Maturo concluded, “The safety of our residents is of the utmost importance.  We will continue to do all that we can to identify problem areas in Town and to address the public safety concerns of our residents.”

Flowers September 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
God bless you Mayor Maturo. I pray every time I go through this deadly intersection.
Dan McCann September 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Joe you're full of baloney and just short of telling the biggest lie of your political career. You personally walked with a video camera? You went to DOT meetings? I'd like to see that... The good news is that it's finally here the truth is that the residents of the area were the ones that pushed this agenda to the attention of the DOT with several petitions and letters written to the DOT have you no shame? This is as almost as good as the Taco comment...
Sam Giglio September 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I must say Dan is right, Mayor Maturo had nothing to do with this. The good news is its getting done, A car almost hit mine comming out of Mansfield Grove Road two years ago so this is good news for everyong who lives near there. The Residents made this happen, But Maturo will lay claim to getting it done in one of his campaign Fliers in the next Election, you will see.
Ann Della Camera September 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I think its great and I am happy something is being done. However now poor Riverside residents from Mansfield Grove Road on will have to endure all the speeders going into Branford for sure this will be the outcome. mansfield Grove Road needed a light there for over 38 years. I know because I was in an accident there many years ago. Hopefull DOT will look to change the firehouse light to one as well.
Ann Della Camera September 11, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Dan, I thought you were above the Taco comment, I guess your part of the club that loves to taunt. Shame on you, and on me for feeling you had more class.
Dan McCann September 11, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Ann I am sorry that you feel that way but Joe is not a hero like he portrays himself to be. As for the taco comment that came from the heart because that is Joe. He's not a Mayor he's a clown and now a person who stretches the truth. You really need to know the man before you defend him. The facts are the residents of this area wrote to the DOT, called the DOT, signed petitions, called the PD and other avenues. Joe has some nerve thinking he can take the credit.
Ann Della Camera September 11, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Dan, I believe my point was no matter how it happened, be glad it is being done. Snide comments don't make anyone a smarter person, in fact it lowers them in my eyes. I thought a lot of you and am just shocked that you can't let go of one thing that was said, and taken out of context and used to someones benefit. I really believe you are way above that, please don't prove me wrong.
Angels Among Us September 11, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Why did it take two terms to get it done?
Dan McCann September 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Ann, I'm sorry to disappoint but I never stopped thinking what Joe did was wrong and his true feelings. He is an embarrassment. Now on top of it he tells long tales about a fight that he barely gave a crap about. I know I was there. Yes I am glad it's in but it had little or nothing to do with him. Just because I am a Republican doesn't mean that I will not point out the faults of our own. What am I saying? He's not even one of ours he bullied his way into his seat by going 3rd line. Some people may forget but I don't. Even though we disagree on Joe I still respect your stance to defend him.
Lou September 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Joe faught fires and saved lives for a living prior to becoming Mayor. That's a HERO in my book.
Flowers September 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM
The Democrats promise but the Republicans deliver. Thanks again Mayor Joe. Another job well done.
raffaelina voira September 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Even though I don't live on Mansfield Grove I am thankful for the new traffic light. It was dangerous and it's not important as to how the light gets there as long as it's there and safe for everyone. Stop making it a political thing and be safe.
Lise Cavallaro September 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I think residents should just be glad it is finally getting done.
Joe dempsey September 11, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Its going to take A year to get the traffic light up and runnin ??
Ann Della Camera September 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Dan, Its no a matter of rooting for anyone, its being glad its being done. Please don't turn this into a political issue. That is all I asked.
Dan McCann September 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Ann let me be very clear and to the point. I didn't make it political Mr. Joe Maturo did that all by himself. He lied about being as involved as he said he was. He gave credit to himself for POLITICAL GAIN. He's a bum. He needs to go. He had absolutely no interest in that traffic light because when I represented you and the 2nd District he wanted no part of the multiple petitions. Ann I speak the truth. I too am very glad its done. If Joe didn't want it political his press statement should have been. "thanks to the residents, the DOT and some good negotitations we have accomplished getting a light on Mansfield Grove Rd. Instead he lied, deceived and made it seem like it was his idea. I for one am tired of his nonsense and WILL be working very hard to make sure this term is his last and there is no one more committed to the Republican cause than I. He's what we call a RINO (Republican in Name Only).
Ann Della Camera September 12, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Dan, You made it political when you posted the 'TACO' comment. Who cares who got it to go there. Yes, I am one of the people constantly complaining about this road and how dangerous it is. My question you is, how do you that Joe did not give the big push to get DOT on the ball. Do you know if he did or did not meet with DOT, I am sure you were not following him around all day. As I said you have always had my deepest respect, and that still goes. Lets just get the light and not question how, why, who got it there. I hope this clears this up some.
Dan McCann September 12, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Ann...Trust me I know...Aren't I usually right on these things? My respect for you is mutual. These are my last comments. Thanks.
ASmith September 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Mr. Dan maybe you needs yourself a nice vacation. You spittin too much vinegar. Missy Ann jes doin what she always does, stickin up for Mayor Jo(k)e. If she didnt why Id be worried bout her, think she not doin well. Mayor Jo(k)e need all the help he can find so he courts the senior ladies like a fox in the henhouse. Now you knows the Jo(k)e always takes credit for all the other folks hard work. why he has a been doin that since day one. Iffin he didnt he'd have nothin to talk bout. he dont do nothin on his own. and stop insultin the rhinocerous. mighty fine animal that rhinorcerous. strong, stands it ground. nope the Jo(k)e reminds me more of gnat. pesky, jes gots to swat it away when its always buzzin round aimlessly with no purpose atall.
Ann Della Camera September 13, 2012 at 03:39 AM
ASmith, I would not even dignify your blog with a comment. Because the only JOKE on the blogs is you.
Dan McCann September 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
http://www.easthavenvine.blogspot.com/2012/09/mansfield-grove-rd-traffic-lightmaturo.html

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