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Fix Norwalk’s Potholes, Facebook Readers Say

This is one of the many potholes on Norwalk streets.
This is one of the many potholes on Norwalk streets. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has a serious pothole problem, according to residents, and many of them have grown weary of what they consider the city’s lackluster efforts to fix the road hazards.

The Norwalk Daily Voice asked readers on Facebook which roads had the worst potholes in the city and whether they are a problem. About 30 readers responded, giving an earful of frustrations with Norwalk’s streets.

“Strawberry Hill Avenue is a disaster and so is Water Street right past Washington Street,” Lindsay Arakelian Grega said. “Why did they install the nice brick crosswalks when the road looks like the moon?”

Several readers cited Strawberry Hill Avenue for having some of the worst potholes in the city. According to the city’s annual list of streets to be paved , the busy road is forecast to receive resurfacing in 2013.

Surrey Road, Lexington Avenue and Walter Avenue are other badly potholed roads mentioned by readers.

Common Councilman Dave McCarthy, who regularly checks social media to keep up with his constituents, said Strawberry Hill is a road that officials know needs paving.

“Strawberry Hill and Scribner Avenue were not paved, they were skim coated,” McCarthy wrote. “This is a thin layer, done because they were so bad, but there (sic) were projects that were going to require major digging.”

The Finance Department is recommending $5 million for paving in the 2013-14 capital spending plan , which covers large projects. City officials hope that will mark a major improvement in Norwalk roads.

The plan does not come soon enough for Patty Somma DiBartolomeo, who wants to see Blake Street paved. The road is slated to be resurfaced in 2014.

“When driving toward Newtown Avenue, they are all on the right side of the street,” she said. “Hard to avoid when a car is coming in the opposite direction. Pave the street already!”

Several residents also complained of roads that were a mess, then paved, then dug up again to create a new annoyance.

“Someone at City Hall needs to be held accountable for these roads that are just paved and dug up a year or two later,” Robert Sedita said. “Scribner Avenue was a mess and long overdue when they finally paved it, and now it's a mess again. What a waste of taxpayers’ $$. Seems like the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.”

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