Locust Avenue resident Lauren Cerretani says quick-changing traffic signals at her street’s intersection with the state-administered Route 123 create safety issues in a neighborhood of young families.

In addition to re-timing the lights, the town should ask state transportation officials to consider a designated crosswalk for residents crossing from Locust Avenue to Brushy Ridge Road, Cerretani said.

Drivers turning right off of Route 123 onto Locust Avenue turn left onto Summer Street as a cut-through to East Avenue, often speeding through the side street, Cerretani said.

“I’m just trying to point out there are great concerns with residents; families ... are careful with their children and instruct their children,” Cerretani said. “But there have been too many close calls.”

Cerretani spoke last week at a meeting of the three-member New Canaan Traffic Calming Committee, which hears residents’ requests to weigh traffic calming measures on local and state roads in New Canaan.

The intersection is complicated on both sides of Route 123 with northbound traffic moving on Summer Street intersecting with Locust Avenue, and River Road intersecting with Brushy Ridge on the north side of Route 123.

There is a traffic signal change box for pedestrians trying to cross Route 123, but no crosswalk stripes.

Tiger Mann, assistant public works director and senior engineer, said he would bring Cerretani’s suggestions to the attention of the Office of State Traffic Administration.

“The changes are totally in the control of the state,” Mann said. “The only thing we control is police presence and speed enforcement, which we already do.”

Cerretani is asking for the following changes:

Adjust the timing of the traffic light to last longer for cars heading toward Route 123 on Locust Avenue.

Installpedestrian crosswalk equipment on the southern curb of Locust Avenue and Brushy Ridge roads with crosswalk striping, and signage at the Locust Avenue-Summer Street intersection, and on Route 123 visible to drivers.

Cerretani asked if more speed limit signs could be installed on Locust Avenue for traffic heading toward Route 123 to make the intersection safer, and asked if a crosswalk could be installed at Hillside Avenue on Locust Avenue to accommodate young families.

New Canaan Police Capt. John DiFederico said such a crosswalk could create more of a hazard for pedestrians on the busy street.

“You don’t want to use a crosswalk to calm traffic because it can be dangerous,” DiFederico said.