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Long Awaited Traffic Light on Rte. 67 to Start Blinking Soon

After funding delays, state DOT says the light should go on the power grid in a couple of weeks.

Nearly four years after it was approved by the state Department of Transportation, a traffic light at the corner of Route 67 and Riggs Street has been installed and should be working within the next couple of weeks, according to a DOT spokesman.

A Connecticut DOT contractor completed the installation of the town’s fourth traffic light at the intersection a couple weeks ago, and Connecticut Light & Power should connect the light to the power grid within the next couple of weeks, said Kevin Nursick, a DOT spokesman.

A 2008 DOT study of traffic patterns on Route 67 in Oxford concluded that the number of turns onto Route 67 from Riggs Street was significant, mostly because of commuters coming from the age-restricted community and

The signal will be set up to a flashing mode for month or two so people can get used to it, and then it will be set to a sequence, Nursick said.

The light was originally supposed to be installed in the spring of 2010, but was put on hold due to a lack of federal and state funding. 

The light cost $100,000 and $80,000 came from the federal government while the state and the town of Oxford had to kick in $10,000 apiece. 

Although many residents suggest that a light should be installed at the corner of Governor's Hill Road and Route 67 - in large part because of a fatal accident there two years ago - . However, they hope the light will cut down on accidents all along Route 67 through the center of town.

Former First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers, who suggested a light at Riggs and 67, also wanted one at the intersection of routes 42 and 67, but the 2008 DOT traffic study said stop signs were sufficient there.

jean mazako June 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
That's typical for logical thinking, someone has to get killed first before statistics decide that an intersection is dangerous enough to have a light put in. There should be a timed sequenced light for riggs street, governors hill, state road, and Rt 42. Or is that to difficult to figure out?
E Twig June 25, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Wait until you see the mess at rush hour when traffic on 67 block people getting out of 42.
Roc June 25, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Seymour ruined 67, is Oxford going to do the same?
TC BUS#2 June 25, 2012 at 03:05 PM
They definately need one at Governors Hill as well as Hoggsback more so then where they put it.
MOM June 25, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Thank you, Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers and Dave McKane! Your previous endeavors continue to show and are not forgotten. "Good things come to those who wait" and we have definitely waited a long time for this! Too bad the State doesn't recognize the dangerous situation of Governors Hill Road and 67.
Bonnie June 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The entire problem along Rt 67 is the speed that people drive, the town needs to enforce the speed limits. There's too many drivers that "think" it's a highway and not a rural road. When I first moved to Oxford we had 1 traffic light, the one at Webster bank, now... The speed people are driving past Oxford Center School is down right out crazy. Putting an empty police car there is just nuts, drivers know its empty! Who are they fooling? No one ! The traffic jams that are going to be created will keep me away from Rt 67! I do realize that we need to control the traffic but I don't think by adding more lights, more electricity and traffic is going to do the trick, people are just going to drive faster after they're held up at a light. They're going to have to "make up for sitting at the light". More traffic enforcement by the police is what we need, the state should kick in for that! Ive almost gotten hit while pulling out from Chestnut Tree Hill Rd onto Rt 67, the traffic light there doesn't stop people from speeding, I find they hit the gas when leaving those traffic lights in front of Rolandos.
David Yish June 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Hey MOM, I seem to remember being "pro-traffic light too"! Seriously this area of Rt. 67 has been a problem since I was a young kid in town. We (all 3 Selectmen) all took the rejection by the State for a light at the bottom of Governor's Hill hard and it is not an issue that should be let go. I sincerely hope that First Selectman Temple continues to raise the issue with the DOT every chance he gets. We are a growing community despite the economy. The state should recognize this and be supportive of a comprehensive plan for the whole stretch from Governor's Hill to the Rt. 42 intersection including a few well placed "Stop Ahead" signals.
MOM June 25, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thank you too, Mr. Yish for your proactive approach to the light as well, my error.
CMG June 25, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I don't think the light is going to help anything. I hope to God they put up a caution sign with flashers right after Global Gas station to alert people to when the light is red or you are going to have so many rear end collisions from people coming around the corner and finding the light red and cars sitting there. Do they really think people sitting at a light are going to be kind enough to let the people exit from 42 onto 67? I don't see this as helping at all. They made a major mistake the day they separated Riggs Street and 42 coming out on different roads. Sometimes engineers have no common sense. I think I will be avoiding Rt 67 whenever I can.
Roc June 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Police should be controlling the impatient speeders and out of control kids.
Robert Williams June 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Good Afternoon, I tend to agree with everyone, it seems to me this plan will create a worse traffic situation then the one we currently have, not a better one. Without synchronized lights on 42 AND Riggs, this is going to be a mess.
John Doe June 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I agree with Robert. Without a synchronized light at 42, this is going to be a mess. But not enough people have died there so the state will do nothing.
Zeke June 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Oxford just isn't what it used to be........I know that's progress, but too much traffic & too many rude people to deal with. Oh, how I long for the good old days when I grew up here. Now I can't wait for retirement to move up north where life is laid back & people are not in such a rush. Traveling the posted speed limit on Route 67 has earned me "the finger" or other such despicable behavior. Hoping a traffic control signal can solve that problem.
Lisa Wildman June 30, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The more lights on Route 67 the more traffic will divert to Route 188 to avoid Route 67. There is already an increased rate of people passing, speeding and tailgating on RT188. OHS is on RT188 and this increases concerns for the safety of new drivers that pull in and out of OHS onto Route 188. I did voice my concerns to Mary Drayton-Rogers right after OHS was opened ( I believe others did too, according to the paper). There were school signs put up a couple months after but I worry as traffic increases on this road the safety of students becomes more exposed.
MSB August 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I live off of Riggs Street, down the steet from this intersection, and have grown up in Oxford. This town isn't what it used to be. Firstly, Riggs Street was never meant for such traffic and large trucks to be driven on. Anyone who lives in this area is insulted by the town's blatant interests in coddling toward the Oxford Golf Course and housing development projects back then. Blatant as I mean how the road improvements just stop at that intersection. Go to the intersection of Riggs St, Jacks Hill Rd, and Country Club Rd. Improvements stop directly there, with the remaining portion of Riggs St and Towantic Hill Rd in desperate need of attention. Secondly, the light would be unnecessary if they had rebuilt the opening of Riggs Street right the first time. I have watched for several years now different construction crews working on that opening to reconstruct it. It sucks. I'm curious to know how much the town spent on those endeavors. It has come to the point where a light is the only option now. Thirdly, I admit that there is merit still for the light, in that, the possibility of slowing traffic down approaching the Oxford Center School zone on Route 67. And finally, just as I do now to avoid that horribly constructed intersection, expect those coming off of Riggs Street to use Academy Road more often to get to Route 67. Hope this light situation works out for the better, I suppose though.
MSB August 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I remember when they separated them. You can still see where the old opening of Riggs Street went, from that enlongated 'driveway' up to the hill. lol. Whenever there is a parade in town now and they shut down Route 67, I'm frustrated at having to look at how close I am to Riggs Street but can't get over now that they separated Riggs from Route 42. Very frustrating, so close to home, lol. And yes, it would seem logical for them to put something around the turn in order to alert drivers around the corner about the light condition, and to help those coming off of Route 42. Although, coming from this town, I doubt it. :-/
Murf August 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I we ever going to have the Riggs Street traffic light working? My concern is now the traffic pattern expects blinking yellow on 67! What happens when after the lengthy blinking mode we actually have the light fully functional? Signs headed 67E should be posted that the light is ahead.
Will Wilkin August 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I expect the new light, once converted from blinking to red, will actually cause MORE accidents as motorists come round the curve at full speed into the stopped traffic they didn't see coming. Whenever going through Seymour now I opt for West Street like thousands of other drivers impatient with lights. More lights on 67 in Oxford will only eventually encourage spillover onto side roads as locals start using shortcuts. I've been eye (or ear) witness to 3 serious accidents on 67 in Seymour in the last 3 years, not to mention reading about so many more. But of the 3 I was on the scene, in my judgement traffic control was not the issue in any of them. There is only so much protection we can have designed into the road, the rest is up to us to be alert sober calm courteous.... 2-lane state highways often become deadly as decades of population and commercial growth multiply the traffic. For example Rte 6 from Bolton to Willimantic is a "headlights required" highway because of so many head-on collisions at high speed. Probably more than any other factor I believe we as individual drivers have to take on the responsibility to drive defensively, courteously and at (close to) posted speed limits.
Will Wilkin August 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Correction: those 3 accidents I recently witnessed were on 67 in Oxford, not Seymour.

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