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Norwalk to redo Hospital Hill intersection with $800K State grant

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A $800,000 State grant will allow the City to rework the awkward traffic circle at the intersection of Stuart Avenue and Stevens Street, in the Hospital Hill area. This will create a vibrant village center there through a better alignment of roadways and amenities, a news release said.

It will look completely different soon, Mayor Harry Rilling said at a news conference, commenting that when he was Norwalk Police Chief he got many complaints about drivers flouting the rules at the “very, very dangerous” intersection.

The Transportation, Mobility, and Parking (TMP) Department applied for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) grant, and its submission was one of the highest scoring applications, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said.

Gov. Ned Lamont credited Norwalk’s “impactful” State delegation and said the State needs to prioritize projects that will make the most difference.

“These are the little investments that bring a community back to life. These are the reasons people are moving back to the state of Connecticut,” Lamont said.  

Look for a community meeting in January to finalize the design and then hopefully begin work next summer, Assistant Director for Transportation Services Garrett Bolella said.

“In addition to streetscape improvements at the intersection of Stevens Street and Stuart Avenue, the project will provide pedestrian amenities, public space, and lighting upgrades,” a news release said. “The city plans to implement new safety improvements and a village parking lot to support local business and increase pedestrian activity.”

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6 responses to “Norwalk to redo Hospital Hill intersection with $800K State grant”

  1. Bryan Meek

    Never once had an issue with that traffic pattern or intersection, but I guess it’s progress. And it’s under $2 million so they can get a competitive bid instead of paying entry level laborers $61 an hour like the new NHS.

    Maybe we’ll connect 7 to 15 in the 22nd century.

    1. Christopher Shaw

      “I never experienced a problem myself, so the problem doesn’t actually exist”

      This intersection is confusing/terrible for anyone who is not familiar with the area.

  2. Ric Carde

    Please put a crosswalk at the intersection of Richards n Connecticut Avenue . Much more need

  3. Tysen Canevari

    This is fantastic news. I wonder if any of the machines will make dust and noise? Better get that ordinance committee out there to ban everything. I wonder if all the workers will have ear plugs, masks, and safety equipment. Surely working with jack hammers and bull dozers is more dangerous than a backpack blower. Oh thats right, only is applicable if Rowayton residents complain, friends of animals, norwalk rivershed, friends of asphalt, friends of cement, and any other organization they can plug into a zoom call.

  4. Edward Fontaine

    Never had a problem there , created parking where it was private parking and where’s the parking behind the stores? Gone? Is this all metered now? Less spots in front of the stores
    I don’t want to have to cross the street to go to the store i would park in front or in the back parking lot.

  5. David McCarthy

    The trend across the country is to use traffic circles, or roundabouts…which with appropriate signage, are easy to use for people with IQs over 80. The roundabout prevents wasteful stopping, idling, and therefore is an extremely “green” initiative. Why on earth would Mayor Rilling bow to ignorance and move backwards? Is he secretly unconcerned w global warming?

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