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Fairfield Residents Rally Call for I-95 Rest Stop Safety Barriers

I-95 traffic near the Fairfield rest areas.
I-95 traffic near the Fairfield rest areas.

More than two dozen residents joined Fairfield elected officials Saturday to rally the call for the installation of safety barriers along the I-95 rest stops.

The rest stops have been closed for a total rebuild of gas stations and food service since last year and aren't expected to reopen for several more months.

According to a Fairfield Minuteman report, the residents are seeking installation of a 10-foot high wooden fence along a stretch of Exit 22 on both sides of the highway.

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau told the Connecticut Post that he wants to know why barriers were installed in Darien near its renovated I-95 rest stops, but not planned for the Fairfield rest areas. "Basically, the question now, simply put, is, `Why does Darien deserve them more than Fairfield?' " Tetreau told The Post.

The project developer reportedly said they are willing to consult with residents about installing a fence and plantings, according to The Post story which can be found in its entirety here.
Igor June 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Maybe Darien had some foresight, something Fairfield always seem to be lacking. Darien discussed this before the building started and was figured into the cost. Fairfield waited.
Fairfield Resident June 30, 2014 at 08:28 AM
One of the most laughable statements in the article: "Safety barriers, which residents said could be 8- or 10-feet tall, also could help keep vehicle exhaust on I-95 from entering neighborhoods." Yes. Because exhaust fumes magically don't go above 8' - 10'. Idiots. Why does the fence have to be made out of wood? Why not an 8' - 10' high chainlink fence which can be installed a lot cheaper than a wood "Safety Barrier". They can also use chain link which has smaller openings that make it much more difficult to climb. Also, in this day and age after Sandy Hook, all schools should be seucre enough that strangers aren't wandering off a highway to use the gym and showers. Idiots.

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