New Britain is rapidly becoming a leader when it comes to innovation and progress around designing streets for all users – otherwise known as Complete Streets. Not only did they recently complete their HUD-funded Complete Streets Manual (a process that took two years) but they are also introducing several other initiatives that are sure to captivate visitors and residents alike.
Especially intriguing is the state’s first use of “Head-Out” angled parking, as well as the road diet under construction at New Britain’s largest intersection. With regard to the head-out parking, not only does backing into an angled spot give the driver of the parked car more visibility when exiting the space, it also protects children and adults who are now shielded from on-coming traffic. This simple change protects drivers, passengers, bicyclists and others while providing more parking than traditional parallel spaces.
Another initiative under construction is the dramatic road diet at New Britain’s largest intersection where Main Street, Chestnut Street and Arch Street converge. With a “road diet” the roadway in shrunk, usually to allow more space for pedestrians, bicyclists or parking.
New Britain’s Director of Public Works, Mark Moriarty, P.E. is very proud of the progress they have made to date. New Britain has accomplished much in a short time. These changes are redefining New Britain’s downtown, creating a more inviting, walkable setting that will dovetail nicely with the CTfastrak station opening in 2015.
View New Britain’s Head-Out Angled Parking brochure here.