I have lived in Ridgefield for 28 years and have spent a fair amount of time traveling on the roads and through the center of town. It is impossible not to notice there are more cars on the road, and more congestion in Ridgefield, especially the Route 7/35 corridor. This increase in volume and technology (WAZE) have further increased traffic on smaller town roads causing safety issues.
I sought some facts to back up my observations. The Town of Ridgefield and the Housatonic Valley Council did a Route 35 Traffic Improvement Study in 2005 to develop recommendations for the 6.7 mile stretch from Route 7/35 to the NY State line. The 2005 study states 19% of the approximately 17,000 vehicles traveling on 7/35 use Ridgefield as a cut through. That’s over 3000 cars per day! The report also states the 7/35 has twenty-four traffic hot spots and intersections. Twenty-one were rated at the lowest service level, unsatisfactory. Although the report has many good recommendations, our town leadership has implemented only a few like coordinating traffic signals.