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Selectmen Approve Traffic Study for Nursery Road, Overrun by ‘Waze’ Users

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $7,000 contract with a Fairfield-based transportation consultant as New Canaan tries to figure out how to change traffic patterns on a local road that’s used as a cut-through for Merritt Parkway motorists. By exiting the parkway at Exit 38, southbound drivers relying on navigation apps such as Waze snake their way into New Canaan and eventually land on Nursery Road as they head toward Exits 37 and 36, officials say. The road sees a major bump in traffic during the morning rush, from around 20 to 30 cars an hour to 200 to 300, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the Board of Selectmen at its regular meeting. The swell in motor vehicles has created major safety concerns for residents of Nursery Road—as well as other streets that the commuters eventually traverse, such as Gerdes Road—and the town’s local traffic authority last month recommended bringing in a professional firm to “study and see what we can accomplish,” Mann said, “either by restricting routes, trying alternate routes, discussing with the application software individuals and then go forward from there.”

“They’re going to go out and study and take a look at various movements and see what is happening at those various specific times, to review our traffic data, get their own data. They can actually put out video cameras there to actually see what is happening as far as how much volume, where the cars are turning, things of that nature, instead of having someone there actually doing the turning movements we can put cameras out and leave them there for several days to a week and actually have someone come back and analyze that data. Continue Reading →

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Resident’s Complaint Prompts Town To Study Parking Layout on Elm Street

A New Canaan resident has lodged a complaint with the town regarding the proximity of parking spaces to crosswalks, municipal officials say, so they’re turning to a Fairfield-based traffic engineering firm to figure out whether a change is required. Specifically, the complainant cited “safety concerns” regarding parking spaces along the one-way stretch of Elm Street, according to New Canaan Public Works Director Tiger Mann. That stretch includes five crosswalks, and under state law, no car may park within 25 feet of a crosswalk, meaning that a change would appear to require New Canaan to eliminate spaces in the most desirable area of its downtown. “Given the fact that if we change the layout it would change the number of spaces, we decided that it was best to have a traffic engineer take a look at it and give his interpretation on what the layout should be given the state statute, the town’s statute and the town’s requirements as far as P&Z in terms of spacing, angle of parking, curb length,” Mann said. The Board of Selectmen is scheduled Tuesday to vote on a $6,200 contract with Frederick P. Clark Associates Inc. “for a conceptual parking layout plan for Elm Street from Main Street to Park Street.”

Under state law, “No vehicle shall be permitted to remain parked within twenty-five feet of an intersection or a marked crosswalk thereat.”

Asked whether data points to an accident history on Elm Street, Mann said no although, “It only takes one.”

The town specifically will ask the engineering firm whether it can “co-locate,” meaning non-parked areas near the crosswalk would be used for handicapped parking, Mann said. Continue Reading →

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Town Approves Contract for New Sidewalks on Parts of Park Street

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously approved a $103,900 contract with a New Canaan-based company to install new sidewalks on two sections of Park Street. Peter Lanni Inc. will put a new concrete sidewalk with granite curbing on the west side of Park from Maple Street to Richmond Hill Road as well as a new brick sidewalk with the same curbing on the east side of the Park from Cherry to Maple Street. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted in favor of the contract, presented to the board by New Canaan High School senior Josiah Jones, an intern with the Department of Publics Works, and DPW Director Tiger Mann. The total amount of the contract includes a $14,000 in contingency funds, Jones said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. The selectmen asked Jones what were the range of bids (another bid came in at $102,895 compared to $89,900 from Lanni), whether funds for the project are within the current fiscal year’s budget (yes), whether just two companies responded (correct, though several had taken the bid package) and whether the project requires all new granite curbing even though some of that already is in place (it needs new curbing on the east side and to be reset on the west side because it’s tilted there). 

Moynihan asked why the sidewalk would be concrete on one side and brick on another. Continue Reading →

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‘They Are Very Fancy Donkeys’: Nature Center Plans New Barn for Donated Animals

Town officials on Tuesday unanimously approved two items related to a proposed new barn at New Canaan Nature Center whose occupants will include four donkeys. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 on a pair of proposals, for the construction of the barn itself in Bliss Park as well as the merger of two parcels there into a single lot—a technical land use concern since the new structure will straddle them. Bill Flynn, the Nature Center’s executive director, said the Oenoke Ridge Road organization has been offered four donkeys by a local woman, “but we do not have the facilities currently to house them.”

Asked by the selectmen whether the animals currently live in a similar structure, Flynn said yes. “They are very fancy donkeys,” he said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “They have a barn. Continue Reading →

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