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A Norwalk photo #10

NORWALK, Conn. — Today’s photo is of a Van Zant Street sidewalk, steps away its intersection with Osborne Avenue, where new sidewalks have been installed. The hole depicted in this photo is about three inches deep.

A view of Van Zant Street, looking in the other direction.

Norwalk Communications Manager Joshua Morgan explained:

“The city replaces or installs curbs and sidewalks in conjunction with its paving schedule. The work done at the intersection of Van Zant Street and Osborne Avenue, as well as Van Zant Street near the Firehouse, were all curbs and sidewalks that had to be replaced as part of a traffic signal replacement project. Sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner, and we encourage residents to submit issues they encounter through the Customer Service Center. That is the quickest and easiest way for an issue to get resolved.”

 

Van Zant Street is part of Route 136, a state road. The 2019-20 operating budget allocated $650,000 to sidewalk and curbing. “The city has 140 miles of sidewalk and funds will be used for the most critical sidewalk repairs adjacent to city property, including schools,” the budget states. “Work will be done in conjunction with road paving as well planning and zoning work.”

5 comments

Joe D September 20, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Why do funds go towards sidewalks adjacent to city property first? Shouldn’t low income areas receive the same care? 🤔

Pots September 20, 2019 at 7:20 pm

I found Joshua Morgans comments interesting. Our street was recently re paved, and the city installed asphalt curbing instead of concrete. There is no buffer between the sidewalk and the street, and the street is heavily trafficked by large trucks, and the sidewalks are used by families and mothers with babies in strollers. I hoped that concrete curbs might be installed to provide a clear delineation between street and sidewalk, and also as a deterrent for people who feel it is ok to veer on to the sidewalk to park, even though the width of the road does not accommodate parking on our side.
We approached the parking authority and were informed that they couldn’t install a no parking sign. No reason was given, but they confirmed that we were responsible for the condition of the sidewalk in front of our residence. Clearly the heavy vehicles were degrading the sidewalk at this point. In frustration I suggested that our only recourse was to put up a sign in our front yard asking motorists not to park on the sidewalk, and much to my surprise they agreed it was a good idea.
The access to safe and good condition sidewalks is very important in our neighborhood. We have retail establishments within walking distance of many residences, and also access to public transportation.
I would hope that Norwalk, as they embark on a process of re-evaluating transportation and traffic, would consider safe pedestrian access.

Esme Lombard September 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

I have followed the sidewalk debacle of Norwalk for quite some time. Sidewalks are what brings neighborhoods together. They courage healthy behaviors and when implemented or developed properly can have the impact of traffic calming. The City should assess homeowners and consistently repair sidewalks and curbing when required. Granite or cement curbing should be used. Avoid asphalt. While i understand asphalt is better for snow removal and landscapers it looks horrible and erodes quickly. People will take pride in their City if things are done with care and planning. Lack of care and planning leads to a lack of care.

Implement a program that assesses home and business owners to repair sidewalks. Make them aesthetically pleasing and able to withstand yrs of wear and tear (granite). We had and continue to have impassable sidewalks on our street and 5th where children walk to school while other areas (i.e. the job on Cedar Street is lovely) are completed with excellence. Why?

Roberta Twist September 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

Inadequate and inequitable distribution of sidewalk repaving is an affront to the citizens of Norwalk. Creating a fair and reasonable plan to implement repairs would be the fair, democratic way to address this issue plaguing our city for many years. Meanwhile, many of us continue to take our lives in our hands daily while our pleas for hazard-free pedestrian access are ignored.

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