The City of Summit Division of Engineering is implementing a new temporary traffic pattern on Briant Parkway from Tuesday, August 22 to Tuesday, September 19. It will establish the street as a one-way road heading north from Orchard Street to Springfield Avenue for a four-week time period to determine if a permanent change would effectively reduce cut-through traffic volume and speeding.
The new traffic pattern will be implemented using signage, cones, barricades, and pavement striping. There will also be dedicated left and right-turn-only lanes at the intersection of Briant Parkway and Springfield Avenue.
The city has received numerous requests in recent years to investigate traffic reduction and traffic calming on Briant Parkway and a proposal is currently being considered by Common Council to make Briant Parkway a one-way road.
The Summit Police Department and Engineering Division conducted several traffic studies between 2016 and 2021 to record details such as Average Daily Traffic (ADT) and travel speeds. Over the past few years, both departments have worked together to implement turn restrictions and increase enforcement to reduce the volume of cut-through traffic. They will continuously monitor traffic conditions on Briant Parkway and nearby streets to make adjustments and recommendations as necessary while the temporary traffic pattern is in place.
A map of the new traffic pattern is available on the city website.