09-13-23 | News

Connecticut Adopts Complete Streets Criteria for Safer and More Accessible Roadways

New Design Criteria Set to Transform Transportation Networks and Benefit City Planners and Landscape Architects
by Staff

Connecticut's embrace of 'Complete Streets' design criteria aims to enhance road safety and accessibility.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Connecticut DOT) has initiated a transformative change in its approach to transportation infrastructure by implementing new "Complete Streets" design criteria. This strategy will be integrated into all surface roadway projects moving forward.

A "Complete Street" is meticulously planned and designed to accommodate the safe and convenient access and mobility of all roadway users, regardless of age or ability. This approach encompasses pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, and motorists, extending its benefits to children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.


This new design criteria builds upon the existing Complete Street policy of the Connecticut DOT, which ensures that every road project prioritizes pedestrian and bicyclist facilities and enhances public transportation operations. The overarching goal is to establish more robust intermodal transportation networks and elevate overall safety.

To ensure strict adherence to these criteria, Connecticut DOT's chief engineer must issue a formal design exemption if a transportation project falls short of their outlined design standards.
Garrett Eucalitto, Connecticut DOT's commissioner, emphasizes the significance of this change, highlighting its potential to bolster transportation safety and accessibility. He stated, "We are doing everything we can to break down barriers to transportation and make Connecticut roadways more accessible for everyone."

This commitment aligns with a broader national trend. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has expressed its commitment to advancing the Complete Streets design model to improve safety and accessibility for all road users.

For city planners and landscape architects, the adoption of Complete Streets criteria presents exciting opportunities to design and create more inclusive and safer urban environments. It promotes the integration of alternative modes of transportation and prioritizes accessibility, ultimately leading to healthier and more livable communities. This approach aligns with a nationwide shift toward sustainable and people-centric urban planning.


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