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7/18/2017 - Deadline Nears For Black Rock Turnpike Survey: Findings Will Help Guide Focus of Study and Future Improvements

First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that an online survey to solicit public feedback on the Black Rock Turnpike corridor will close as of Friday, July 28th. The survey, which is part of a broader initiative focused on enhancing safety for all users of the Black Rock Turnpike commercial corridor, may be found at http://bit.ly/blackrocksafetystudy.

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 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.

“The survey is an important opportunity for the public to weigh in and provide valuable input to our project team on issues that they have encountered or improvements that they would like to see. I encourage the public to complete this survey if they haven’t already done so,” stated First Selectman Tetreau.

An initial public workshop was held in early June, and more workshops are expected to follow 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.