The issue is that fixing this road, or any road for that matter, will violate the prime directive of all DOTs everywhere: "More Cars Faster."
Improving safety will involve making the road slower (though this often does not make travel times longer, as many think.) One idea is to reduce the road to one travel lane in each direction with a common turning lane, and provide a hard median in places where turning or crossing are unsafe. Since any left-turning vehicle blocks a lane of this road anyway, you already have a de-facto single travel lane, but you have the increased chaos of cars weaving desperately and dangerously to get out from behind the stopped vehicle. Bulb-outs for crosswalks would improve pedestrian safety and slow traffic, too. Of course, this might add 30 seconds to the average drive time, so it will never happen. View Comment
This is unfortunately what happens when a city is obsessed with bending over backwards to accommodate cars. Streets are being designed to increase traffic flow (that means speed) because everyone wants to get where they are driving as fast as possible. If people had their way, I think Norwalk would become nothing more than a bunch of parking lots connected by drag strips! There are many proven techniques for traffic calming street design that not only don't rely on speed bumps, but make the neighborhood more beautiful and a nicer place to live. But nobody seems interested in nicer, safer streets if it means an extra 45 seconds to get to Dunkin Donuts in the morning.
There is a new Transportation Management plan for Norwalk being developed right now. If you want safer, more pleasant streets, call City Hall and tell them so. View Comment