NORWALK, Conn. – Wendy Allen thinks she knows the most unsafe road in Norwalk: the one she lives on. Terence Newman says Allen is wrong. Glasser Street is not bad, she says, but the street he lives on, North Taylor Avenue, is one of the worst in Norwalk.
The speed bumps installed while Alex Knopp was mayor to help Glasser Street residents have made matters worse, Allen says. "Now what we have is landscapers going over the speed bumps," she said. "So in the morning I'll be on the phone with my mom and she's like, 'OMG, what was that?' It's the landscapers going over the speed bump and everything is crashing around."
The speed bumps were a concession to the residents, who lost a bid to make their road a one-way street while fighting to keep a storage facility from being built on neighboring Bouton Street, she said. Vehicles headed for the facility cannot go down Bouton Street from Lowe Street because of the steep hill, she said.
She hates the speed bumps. "They made it worse," she said. "Where I live there's a blind curve. Everybody is parking on the street, and it's really only wide enough for one car to go through when people are parked on the street. When I come out of my driveway, people are accelerating from having gone over the speed bump. And there's a blind curve.
"So, really, I just park on the street. I feel like I'm going to get hit when I back out of my own driveway."
Newman, a delivery driver for Norwalk Pizza and Pasta, often drives on Glasser Street. He doesn't think it is too bad. "Speed bumps are good for streets. What are you talking about?" he asked.
At first Newman said East Avenue is one of the worst because it's busy and the lane changes on the southern end are confusing. He has seen many accidents there, he said.
Then Newman said he wished North Taylor Avenue had speed bumps, too. "People are speeding on the hill," he said, adding that he has trouble backing out of his driveway and fears being hit by a speeder.
What do you think? Is the road you live on one of most unsafe in Norwalk? Or do you have another candidate in mind? Have the speed bumps hurt or helped?
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