This is a video of traffic on High Ridge Road at Bradley Place (a.k.a. "Ground Zero for Nagi's Proposed Housing Project and Day-Care Center"). It was captured by resident Joe Grosso on his iPhone at around 12 PM on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
(Yes, we'll have to get Joe a camera tripod for his iPhone. But you get the picture--pun intended.)
Note that, in the video, you will hear Joe say, "Saturday the 24th of October, around noon time." He meant to say the 22nd. I was standing next to him at the time, so I can confirm that it was the 22nd. (You'll have to forgive us for having the 24th on our minds: it's the date of the public hearing.)
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This is a video of northbound traffic on High Ridge Road at Bradley Place, again captured by resident Joe Grosso on his iPhone at around 5 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2011.
As you can see, traffic is backed up all the way down past the Chabad Lubavitch synagogue to Bel Aire Drive. And this is on a Thursday, NOT on "Getaway Friday!" (If anyone can record video of THAT traffic bloodbath, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to post it here.)
No wonder Nagi wants to "donate" $100,000 to the city for a traffic light. Of course, if you take Nagi's logic to its natural conclusion, EVERY side-street off High Ridge Road (not just the one that "Nagi Jewelers and Housing Project" happens to be on) should have a traffic light. But, of course, that would turn High Ridge Road into a parking lot.
I live on Bradley Place. If I want to drive northbound on High Ridge Road at rush hour, I will either: (1) drive around the block to Cedar Heights Road and wait there for the traffic light, or (2) drive south on High Ridge Road, then use one of its left-turning lanes to make a legal U-turn when it's safe to do so. (Yes, this is perfectly legal, as long as you are not on a hill or a curve, have less than 500 feet of visibility, etc. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself in Connecticut's motor-vehicle statute #14-242(d), below.)
C.G.S. 14-242(d) No person shall turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to, or near the crest of, a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet, or at any location where signs prohibiting U-turns are posted by any traffic authority.
The point here is that we have a choice...and this comes in handy when we want to drive SOUTH on High Ridge Road (as many of us do when going to work, for example). But Nagi wants to take this choice of our hands. If he gets his traffic light, every resident in Indian Ridge will be trapped by traffic lights at our only exit routes.
Do you REALLY want to wait for Nagi's tenants AND 120 day-care mom's lined up from his driveway onto Bradley Place, all waiting for several cycles of a VERY long red light? (Yes, it would have to be long--a green light for Bradley must alternate with one for Donata Lane, which is about 100 feet north of and on the opposite side of High Ridge Road. More on that later.)
In any case, if Nagi's plan goes through, you'd better set your alarm clock 10 minutes early.
(Anyway, I hope to have a lot more to say about the traffic issue. Stay tuned....)