The town is setting up four displays, but only one has a camera. The cost is $13,000. The town claims this effort will be more cost effective than redesigning the roadway. We'll see. West Hartford has been taking positive steps to slow down traffic along Farmington Ave. through various improvements and it's disappointing to see gimmicks when stronger action needs to be taken. As a great example of a dense, inner ring suburb where many people live within walking distance of shopping, school, and work, West Hartford needs to do all it can to make pedestrians and bikers safer. Perhaps if the traffic camera legislation succeeds, West Hartford's cameras will have the impact the town is looking for. But it might be a better use of town money to combine that $13,000 with some stimulus money to do some shovel ready (ugh, sorry) traffic calming.
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