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6/2/2016 - Fairfield Awarded $375,000 for Black Rock Turnpike Planning, Engineering and Pedestrian Safety Study

First Selectman Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield, in partnership with the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG), is pleased to announce that $375,000 in Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LoTCIP) funds have been awarded for the Black Rock Turnpike Planning, Engineering and Pedestrian Safety Study.

The Study will involve analyzing and selecting preferred alternatives for road, bicycle/pedestrian, and safety improvements. The recommendations identified by the Study will increase safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians and will link one of the Town’s primary commercial districts to adjacent residential neighborhoods.

As a state highway and major arterial, Black Rock Turnpike serves a large business and commercial district with outlying residential neighborhoods intersecting the corridor. The study area consists of the commercial district starting at the intersection of Route 58 (Tunxis Hill Cut Off) and Knapps Highway, continues north onto Black Rock Turnpike and ends at the intersection with Tahmore Drive.

Much of the road cross-section in this area consists of four lanes; with approximately 20,000 vehicles traveling per day. The road widths, excessive speeds, high traffic volume and numerous curb cuts create an unsafe and uninviting pedestrian environment throughout the corridor. In addition to the lack of bicycle and pedestrian safety, vehicular safety in the study area is deficient. The high concentration of vehicular accidents indicates the need for improvements to traffic circulation and the mitigation of congestion throughout the corridor.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau thanked MetroCOG and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation in allocating and approving the funding, which will build upon the ongoing efforts to improve vehicular safety, bicycle/pedestrian safety, and mitigate congestion throughout Fairfield.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “I am delighted that the Town of Fairfield has received this grant which is intended to analyze and recommend much needed improvements for pedestrian and vehicle safety along Black Rock Turnpike. Black Rock Turnpike is an important business corridor making it a heavily relied upon local roadway by residents and visitors alike. For every mode of travel and for everyone who uses this Turnpike, creating safety improvements is a necessity and is our priority.”

The LoTCIP Program, established under Connecticut Public Act 13-239 provides municipalities a funding source for performing capital improvements with less burdensome requirements than available federal funding sources. The program is overseen by MetroCOG, the Regional/Metropolitan Planning Organization (R/MPO) and Council of Governments for the six-town Greater Bridgeport Region.

The photo shows from left to right: Mike Pavia, MetroCOG's Deputy Director, Patrick Carleton, MetroCog's Regional Planner, First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart standing along Black Rock Turnpike.