First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield will sponsor a pop-up booth at the Kiwanis Craft Fair this Saturday, September 23, 2017 to provide information to the public on the Black Rock Turnpike Safety Study and to hear input on how the Turnpike should be improved. The booth will be manned from 10:00AM-2:00PM by members of the project team so stop by to ask questions, learn about the study and share your ideas. The Kiwanis Craft Fair will take place this weekend on the Town Green in front of Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road in Fairfield.
A State highway which sees average daily traffic volumes of over 20,000 vehicles per day, Black Rock Turnpike has been identified as a trouble spot in need of improvement, most recently by the Fairfield Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. As a result, the Town received a State grant to identify strategies to create a safer and more attractive pedestrian environment and to develop more robust infrastructure for bicycles, buses and other vehicles as well as improved connections between nearby residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants situated along this vital corridor. The study is focused primarily on the section of Black Rock Turnpike from Tunxis Hill Cut-Off to Tahmore Drive, though it may include recommendations for suggested improvements elsewhere along this vital corridor.
“This a great way for the public to stay informed about the project, the work that has been done so far, and some of the ideas being considered. Anyone with questions about the project should consider stopping by the booth on Saturday. We are grateful to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield for providing space at their craft fair event in which we can engage the public about this important effort to improve safety for all users of Black Rock Turnpike,” stated First Selectman Tetreau.
Additional workshops are planned for later this fall. For more information about the project, including how to get more involved, visit http://bit.ly/blackrocksafetystudy.
The photo shows from left to right: MetroCOG's Deputy Directors Mike Pavia and Patrick Carleton, First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart standing along Black Rock Turnpike.