STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford’s streets may be congested, city traffic engineer Mani Poola says, but most drivers apparently don't see that as a problem.
Poola says most of the complaints he receives are about speeding, and many of the requests are for speed bumps to slow traffic down, requests he has to deny.
“I can’t do it, it would choke up the city,” Poola said.
He adds that he's always looking for ways to accommodate everyone, both residents and drivers, and is currently trying to do that with the Long Ridge High Ridge Corridors Study.
One suggestion is reducing speed limits on both roads from 45 and 40 mph to 35 to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The study is currently in its second phase, “Evaluation of Future Considerations,” and should be completed early next year.
In June, when The Stamford Daily Voice published a poll asking readers to choose the street where traffic is the worst, 22 percent chose Hope Street, followed by High Ridge Road, 14 percent, and Cove Road, 10 percent.
Poola said that while no street is clearly worse than others, some intersections are. He said many accidents occur on Hope Street near Viaduct Road, and that if I-95 or the Merritt Parkway is backed up, the streets leading to them are as well.
He added that if people report problems to him he will look into them and try to fix them when time and money are available.