Lawmakers, DOT to Meet on Safety of I-84 - NBC Connecticut

Lawmakers, DOT to Meet on Safety of I-84



    Lawmakers, DOT to Meet on Safety of I-84
    A serious motorcycle accident has shut down all eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 in West Hartford.

    A state lawmaker who is pushing for change after two fatal crashes in the same stretch of Interstate 84 East in West Hartford last week is meeting today with officials from the state Department of

    Transportation to discuss what can be done to improve safety.

    A man was killed in a crash early on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 12 and Brenda Goodwin, 43, of New Hampshire, was killed in a crash on Thursday, Aug. 14. 

    State Rep. Joe Verrengia said he thinks something can be done to make a winding part of the highway safer.

    However, a spokesperson for the DOT said speeding drivers, not the highway, are to blame and  that there is no pattern or trend that indicates an infrastructure change would make any difference, he said.

    But Verrengia argues that the same was said about Avon Mountain before a tragic fatal crash.

    “Unfortunately, it took that type of incident to get the attention and the financial resources to get something done. I am trying to prevent that from happening here,” Verrengia said.

    The mayor and town manager of West Hartford also plan to attend the meeting.

    The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.

    Get the latest from NBC Connecticut anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android