FAIRFIELD - If you see some drones flying over Fairfield traffic circle on Thursday afternoon, relax.

The Fairfield Engineering Department announced Tuesday that drones will be piloted from three locations along the Post Road.

The locations include: Jennings Park (corner of Route 135/South Benson Road and U.S. Route 1); the traffic island north of McDonald’s between Route 130 and U.S. Route 1; and the traffic island across from the Circle Inn between Route 130/Post Road and Kings Highway.

Pilots will operate the drones from public rights-of-way.

Why are these drones being launched?

Fitzgerald and Halliday, the town’s grant-funded contractor, will be conducting the drone operations as part of its traffic safety study of the Post Road Circle and surrounding area.

“Data from the drone flights will be used to analyze traffic movements along this heavily traveled corridor,” the engineering department said.

Times and locations are subject to change should conditions warrant. In the event of high winds or rain, drone flights will be re-scheduled to the next available day.

The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny skies and calm wind.

“The town has received a state grant to identify strategies to create a safe and attractive pedestrian environment, a robust infrastructure for bicycles, buses and other vehicles, and linkages between downtown Fairfield and the neighborhoods, businesses and restaurants situated in the vicinity of the circle. The study will focus on an area of the Post Road between South Benson Road and Shoreham Terrace.”

The study is expected to be completed by the fall of next year. For more information about the project, including how to get more involved, click here.

The public is encouraged to participate in a survey and attend an informational meeting concerning the project, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at Penfield Pavilion, 323 Fairfield Beach Road. The meeting will include a brief introduction of the project followed by small group discussions of problem areas and ideas for solutions. Preliminary survey results will be presented as well.