Duff Announces Beginning of Route 1 Improvements in Norwalk
NORWALK—State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today unveiled plans to vastly improve traffic flow and public safety around one of the biggest vehicular “choke points” in the City of Norwalk: the intersection of Route 1 and Route 53, roads that are known locally as the intersection of Westport Avenue/North Avenue and East Avenue.
“The intersection of Westport Avenue, East Avenue and North Avenue is what I call ‘choke point number one’ on our local roads,” Sen. Duff said this morning at a press conference with state Department of Transportation officials that was held on property adjacent to the Rt. 1/ Rt. 53 intersection. “This is a very old, very basic and very outdated intersection that has not kept pace with Norwalk’s business and housing growth. These improvements will result in wider lanes, better traffic flow, less vehicle idling, improved pedestrian and driver safety, and getting where you’re going quicker and safer, which are all good things.”
The DOT project will also upgrade the intersection of Route 1 (Connecticut Avenue) and Stuart Avenue, which is located near Interstate 95, between Lowe’s and Toys R’ Us.
The $2.8 million DOT project at the two sites will widen pavement, curbing and sidewalks; construct drainage, retaining walls and new traffic signals; and finally mill and re-pave the streets and add new pavement striping and other painted markings.
The work began January 14 and is expected to be completed on time and within budget by Labor Day, 2018.