Goshen Legislators, Local Officials Address Traffic Circle Improvements

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


GOSHENState Representatives Jay Case (R-Winsted), Brian Ohler (R-Canaan), and State Senator Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) recently met with Goshen First Selectman, Bob Valentine, and representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss improvements to the traffic circle where Routes 4 and 63 intersect. Such improvements include additional signage and updated graphics to existing sign locations leading to the traffic circle in order to clearly indicate the intended flow of traffic.

According to First Selectman Valentine, the traffic circle permit was approved by the state back in 1931. However, nearly a century later, the volume of present day traffic that passes through the traffic circle does not mirror the flow of traffic that it had originally been constructed for.

“Currently, the number of signs in the traffic circle is less than what was placed there in 1931. Installing additional signs in the circle, as well as adding updated signs leading into the circle, will help the motoring public understand how to navigate it and make it safer,” Valentine said.

“Despite the fact Goshen is a smaller town, there are many community events hosted here that draw large crowds and it is important that our state roads are safe enough to handle the influx of visitors to the Northwest Corner. There have been several avoidable incidences around the traffic circle in recent years and its common-sense to update existing signs and add markings to help drivers understand the traffic patterns within the circle,” stated Rep. Case.