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Norwalk Receives $4 Million From State To Improve Traffic

State Rep. Terrie Wood said the current interchange of routes 15 and 7 is inconvenient for motorists.
State Rep. Terrie Wood said the current interchange of routes 15 and 7 is inconvenient for motorists. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – The State Bond Commission recently approved a $4 million grant for Norwalk to complete the preliminary design for reconfiguring  the interchange of the Merritt Parkway and Route 7.

State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141), who serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, said the changes will benefit drivers.

“This project will create a full-directional interchange between routes 7 and 15, while maintaining access at Main Avenue to and from the parkway,” Wood said. “The current set-up of the routes is inconvenient as it denies drivers access to the exits they need to take, sending them around and out of their way.”

The state Department of Transportation said the tentative highway/bridge and environmental work will begin in 2022, according to a press release. Until then, local stakeholders are expected to meet in the coming months with the goal of having design options in place by 2018, according to a press release.

Construction will be 80 percent funded by the federal government.

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