At the last Town Plan & Zoning meeting on Aug. 13, I attended and spoke on behalf of my constituents in opposition to the proposed Tuller Road housing project.
Traffic concerns became a primary issue brought up at this meeting and existing problems with Fairfield Woods Road were at the forefront of this conversation. The Tuller proposal will add another road called Tuller School Road which will connect to Tuller Road which funnels into the already busy Fairfield Woods Road that crosses town and connects the Stratfield communities with Black Rock turnpike.
Anyone who travels this road in the morning knows that any additional incoming traffic will be stretching the limits of the road and add to the already slow cross town drive. The backup from Stratfield to the stop sign at Moorehouse Road is long and winding every day and people who have to come out of the existing side streets are at the mercy of motorist to let them enter.
To add to the daily congestion on Fairfield Woods Road the light at the Fairfield Woods Library has been broken for years. This is one reason, former DPW Director Richard White sited for traffic problems on Fairfield Woods. Motorist who drive this route know how long it takes the light to change. When school is in session the majority of parents and teachers from Jennings Elementary School and Fairfield Woods Middle School experience the daily frustrations brought on by the faulty intersection.
Why has this light remained broken for so many years? The previous RTM voted down funding for a new light and crosswalk lights that would have helped ease the traffic and problems our side of town faces daily with congestion.
In my opinion adding more homes with more cars is not the answer for alleviating traffic on Fairfield Woods Rd. The TPZ should reject the current proposal and link any future development on the land to the long-awaited upgrades to the intersections along Fairfield Woods Road so we can all cross town with a little more ease.