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Meeting scheduled for Flax Hill Road/Highland Ave. reconstruction

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

Norwalk, Connecticut – The City of Norwalk has a project, State Project 102-359 Reconstruction of the Flax Hill Road at Highland Avenue Intersection. Preliminary  design has been completed and the project is slated for construction under the Local Road Accident Reduction Program administered by the Connecticut  Department  of Transportation.

It is the City’s and the State’s policy to keep persons informed and involved when such projects are undertaken. It is important that the community share its concerns to assist in the project’s development. The City will conduct an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:00 in Room 231, Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

It is planned to improve the configuration of the intersection to provide for safer pedestrian and vehicular movement through the intersection.

Based   upon  a  preliminary   assessment,   the  construction   cost  will  be  approximately $400,000.

The Federal Highway Administration will provide 90% of the construction cost with the City providing the remaining 10% of the construction cost.

Anyone interested in obtaining further information or providing input on the project may do so by contacting:

 

Michael M. Yeosock,

PE Assistant Principal Engineer

Norwalk Department of Public Works

 

 

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5 comments

Lisa Wilson Grant August 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

I live a stones throw away from this intersection on Highland Avenue, and travel it 3-5 times a day. I strongly feel the historic configuration of the intersection should remain as is, and not expend $400,000 to change it. I personally have never had any problems with the yielding aspect. The only issue I ever have is that people sometimes go through the stop signs on Flax Hill “two at a time” – that is their poor driving skill and has nothing to do with the island being there.
I think its road shapes like this that give our city character and less “Anytown, USA”. When people learn its because of horses with carriages that these intersections were shaped that way along the old Kings Highway/Stamford Path/West Street/now Flax Hill Road it adds to a personal connectivity with the past that doesn’t really have a good reason to change.

Lisa Wilson Grant August 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm

One change that WOULD aesthetically be nicer is to change the rusty bent silver guard rails lining the road on the west side of Highland Avenue to the brown wooden rails similar to whats in place on Rampart Road. I think subtle changes like that make it seem like a road and not like what you see on a highway.

Liz daher August 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

A traffic light is the only thing that would make that intersection safer. People go thru the stop signs all the time and others don’t know basic rules of the road.

Jeff Kuffel August 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

I respectfully disagree with the traffic light solving the issue. That will not slow traffic down but in fact speed it up. I was trained and licensed as a landscape architect and have study city planning and traffic calming devices specifically and traffic lights are not one of them. How many times have you seen cars race through a yellow-ish/red light so they don’t have to wait?! I also live a stone throws away from this intersection on Highland (for over 13 years) and have never seen an accident. Close calls, yes, but as mentioned above it’s from poor driving skills and lack of the courtesy of right-of-way. Honestly, I loathe additional stop signs but the place that really needs one is Highland and Soundview/Devils Garden. I was coming the other way and actually saw a biker get hit by a car that didn’t bother to look.

Jeff Kuffel August 30, 2017 at 10:42 am

Having said all that, I would suggest putting a stop sign coming from Highland right before the triangle because not everyone uses their turn signals there, are approaching with sometimes considerable speed and it causes confusion for people turning left from Flax.

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