One of the stated goals for the East Avenue widening/lowering and East Avenue bridge reconstruction projects is to eliminate the “chokepoint” under the bridge, resulting in more efficient travel. Which begs the question, efficient travel for whom?
The bridge widening project will allow train passengers to change tracks without having to cross East Avenue, which is good. But, it still will not lengthen the platform sufficiently to allow all cars to platform on a typical eight-car rush hour configuration.
The bridge will require an additional foot of clearance to accommodate the thicker supporting span over the roadway, which means lowering East Avenue by one foot. However, the projects call for lowering the roadway by THREE feet, not one. This will mean larger trucks coming through the neighborhood as they bypass I-95 traffic enroute to Westport via Winfield.
Wider lanes will mean faster traffic, but not necessarily better throughput. This means cars will be moving faster, but not necessarily getting through the neighborhood any sooner.The current plans improve pedestrian safety under the railway bridge by providing walkways on BOTH sides of East Avenue, but does not necessarily improve walkability for the area due to speeding cars and lack of pedestrian crossings at key intersections and around the cemetery traffic circle.
The plan does not lay the groundwork for possible future TOD planning around the East Norwalk train station.
The plan does not provide for safer biking options through East Norwalk.