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Black Rock Picked as Fairfield's Worst Traffic Spot

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Daily Voice’s readers named Black Rock Turnpike as the overwhelming top choice as the most heavily trafficked road in town. The Fairfield street was the most popular answer in our “Worst Traffic” poll earlier this week.

The large number of responses came as no surprise to the Fairfield Police , who hear complaints about congestion on Black Rock and the other top vote-getters every day.

“Traffic is the No. 1 complaint we get in this town, above any other nuisance or crime,” said Lt. James Perez, who heads the Fairfield Police Special Services Division.

As of Wednesday night, Black Rock Turnpike had taken in 38 percent of the votes cast in The Fairfield Daily Voice’s Poll, making it the leader by far. Post Road came in second with 25 percent, followed by Fairfield Woods and Mill Plain roads at 13 percent each.

“Rush hour is very bad especially on Mill Plain,” reader Tom Kelty said in an email. “In the evenings when the train station empties, its bumper-to-bumper at Mill Plain and Unquowa.”

Our poll results line up with data from the Fairfield Police, who pegged Black Rock Turnpike, the Post Road and Kings Highway as among the busiest. Sgt. Robert Kalamaras, who heads the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, says those streets are congested because of their proximity to Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway.

“If there’s any incident on either one of those, traffic will get off those main highways and go into our local community,” Kalamaras said.

Police can’t do much about volume, but Kalamaras and his four-officer unit are tasked with making Fairfield’s roads safer. The Traffic Enforcement Unit was formed in 2004 with two missions: education and enforcement.

Any of Fairfield’s cops will write tickets for speeding, running red lights and other traffic violations. But the unit goes beyond that. Its members are the ones placing “speed boxes” around town, telling passing drivers their speed. They also study traffic patterns to find ways to make roads safer.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is also responsible for fielding complaints about potentially dangerous roads. Residents can submit “ Problem Area ” reports via the department’s website. They can also file petitions for the Police Commission to add signs or to alter traffic flow. In either case, Kalamaras and his unit work with the town’s engineers and check with road sign guidelines to determine whether they can offer help.

“We’ve taken a proactive approach and traffic safety in town with the institution of this unit,” Kalamaras said.

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