Project No. 42-315
Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements on US route 44
(Burnside Ave) from Us Route 5 (Main Street) to Mary Street
Town of East Hartford
This project is located in the town of East Hartford on U.S. Route 44 (Burnside Avenue) from Route 5 (Main Street) to Mary Street, between mile marker 55.41 and 58.17 WB, respectively, a distance of 2.76 miles. This project will pass through the recently competed curve realignment (project #42-292), which was designed to accommodate the proposed bike lane.
From 2007 to 2009, there were 6 accidents involving bicycles and 8 accidents involving pedestrians within the project limits. The purpose of this project is to enhance the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on a section of US Route 44 (Burnside Avenue) from US route 5 (Main Street) to Mary Street.
Currently, this section of Route 44 consists of four lanes with parking in the outside travel lane where permitted. The project proposes to convert the existing four lane road into a two-lane road (road diet), creating bicycle lanes, and shoulders wide enough for parking.
An analysis undertaken by the DOT Traffic Division confirms that one lane in each direction will sufficiently meet traffic demand for both existing and future traffic volumes.
The typical cross section will consist of two 11’ travel lanes, two 5’ bike lanes, and two 7’ shoulders. At intersections where required, shoulder widths will be reduced and 10’ turn lanes will be provided.
The Connecticut Safe Routes to School Team is spearheading the educational and outreach component to help both drivers and bicyclists better understand the rules associated with the bicycle lanes.
The Public Outreach Team commissioned two billboards along the corridor to help promote the proper usage of the new Bike Lanes.
Bike Lane Educational Materials and Free Bike Safety Classes