FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A group of concerned Fairfield residents will be rallying at the I-95 Exit 22 ramp on Round Hill Road at 10 a.m. Saturday to fight for sound barriers to be placed around the new service plazas under construction on the highway.
The group says in a statement sound barriers were placed at the newly rebuilt Darien service plazas on I-95. But for Fairfield, the developer is suggesting trees in those same areas.
"The I-95 Truck Stops/Service Plazas are not beneficial to our town, and we need to keep them separate and safe," the statement says. They cited a 2013 incident in which a truck driver entered Ludlowe High School to use the track and workout rooms because he could see the area from the highway.
In addition to the safety of the children in the town, the group cites protecting the Audubon Birdcraft Sanctuary, which abuts the highway.
"Somehow, the Darien Land Trust, which borders the Darien northbound I-95 Truck Stops/Service Plazas, received the protecting sound barriers from the developer for a 'garbage problem'," the statement said.
The town has sought the installation of the sound barriers along the highway for nearly 30 years, said Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau.
"We have fought through a lot of misinformation in terms of who will put the barriers in or who is funding them. We've been told there is no money, but no one has explained why there was money for Darien but no money for Fairfield," Tetreau said. "We're fighting for a quality for our town and our neighborhoods."
Tetreau said that if barriers were supported for Darien, then Fairfield should have the same support.
The group will be meeting at the "Welcome to Fairfield" sign at the northbound side of Exit 22 on Round Hill Road from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The members encourage those wishing to participate to wear "green for safety" and to bring signs.