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Speak Up: Fairfield Seeks Input To Make Black Rock Turnpike Safer

MetroCOG's Deputy Directors Mike Pavia and Patrick Carleton, First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart along Black Rock Turnpike. The regional planning agency, MetroCOG, will manage the project.
MetroCOG's Deputy Directors Mike Pavia and Patrick Carleton, First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart along Black Rock Turnpike. The regional planning agency, MetroCOG, will manage the project. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield residents would not be surprised to learn that Black Rock Turnpike has been identified as a spot that needs improvement.

The very busy road, a state highway is traveled by over 20,000 vehicles per day, was called out by the Fairfield Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.

The town is undertaking a study to explore alternatives for enhancing the safety for all users of the Black Rock Turnpike commercial corridor, and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau is inviting the public to take part.

The study, funded by a $375,000 state grant, will identify strategies to create a safe pedestrian environment; a robust infrastructure for bicycles, buses and other vehicles; and links between residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants.

The study will focus primarily on the section of Black Rock Turnpike from Tunxis Hill Cut-Off to Tahmore Drive.

A public meeting has been scheduled for  Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room at Osborn Hill Elementary School, 760 Stillson Road.

The public can weigh in before the meeting via an online survey posted here .

Click here for more information about the project.

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