Comments - June 2001
A lot of people are missing out on jobs that are available because the
commute is so terrible. I think going through Wilton is the worst.
As much as I hate to admit it, route 7 is too dangerous as it currently
exists. I think we all have to accept the fact that Fairfield County has
grown, and the new highway can no longer be stopped. It is not possible to
continue to pretend that if we ignore it the traffic will go away. As a
lifelong resident of Westport and Weston, currently owning a home in
Weston quite near Georgetown, that may very likely hear the traffic on a
new highway 7...I still feel the highway is inevitable, so lets stop
kidding ourselves, and get it done. The home values in question, may be a
problem, but let us not forget that the proposed highway has been on most
Wilton maps for about 25 years now. Anyone purchasing a home in the last
20 or so years was certainly aware a highway might be built on that route,
and most likely paid less for their property because of it. I feel by in
large the loss of property values is not a major issue.
Having lived in Wilton for 45 years, we signed the first petition for
the R7 expressway almost 40 years ago. We haven't changed our minds about
the need as traffic on Route 7 has only increased and the old Route 7,
originally a scenic historic road, should not have to carry the amount of
traffic both car and truck that it is now carrying. It is not a safe nor
efficient way for commuters to go nor is it efficient town use. Our air is
constantly polluted by trucks and excessive through traffic. Our ridge
roads have become secondary highways. We urge our elected officials,
CONNDOT, concerned businesses and larger corporate entities as well as
local taxpayers to throw their support to seeing that the Route 7
Expressway gets built as soon as possible. Our quality of life will be
greatly improved, the economic life along the Housatonic Valley will be
strengthen by efficient, safe expressway travel, to say nothing about the
crying need for the expressway in lower Fairfield County and as well as
the Northern end of
I don't use route 7 to commute to work but there are times that my
traveling takes me onto route 7 during many times of traffic. I also
travel up to Danbury and I make sure I do after the rush hour is well over
to avoid the traffic. The congestion is terrible. I feel awful for the
people who must commute in it everyday. More and more people are moving
into the area where I live and more commercialism is necessary to support
the local people. A super 7 highway would allow trucks to support that
I drive a car service and find the traffic unbearable. It is silly to
think that the current plan to widen three miles of the road over a
two=year period will have any positive value to the commute of all the
folks up north.
I have lived in the Westport/Weston/Wilton area my entire life. The
lack of a Super 7 has adversely effected traffic in Weston, where I now
live, as commuters seek to avoid the traffic along Route 7. To compound
this problem primarily caused by the residents of Wilton blocking the
construction of Super 7, Wilton has a police force which appears to
delight in enforcing traffic laws to the absolute letter of the law, and
have consequently earned a reputation for issuing more traffic violations
than any other police force in the county if not the state. From my
perspective, this traffic situation is a problem the residents of Wilton
have brought upon themselves and they are making their neighbors "pay
the price" for their misguided actions through increased traffic on
neighboring town streets, increased commuting times, an inordinate number
of traffic violations issued by their police force, etc. Perhaps a boycott
of Wilton businesses would bring attention to the Wilton townspeople that
we, the citizens of its
I really hope the expressway goes through. I need to spend more quality
time with my family instead of dealing with an 60 minute + commute.
I see the traffic getting worse and worse. Something needs to be done,
lets find a solution.
I strongly believe that a super 7 expressway needs to be built.
I think a key element is build the highway, and let Wilton be passed
over by the traffic. As it is now, the traffic is forced on to old Rt 7,
with disastrous results.
I travel from Brookfield to Norwalk everyday on Route 7 - takes me over
1 hour and its exhausting with all the traffic - we need Super 7 !
I use route 7 to go to the Danbury mall. To visit friends in Southbury.
My daughters bought their cars in Danbury and go their to have their cars
checked. I think that over the years route seven has become over used. I
would hope that the least amount of disturbing of homes is taken in to
consideration, because that is a very nice area of the state and would not
like to see it hurt in any way. I do however think this is something that
has been put off for to long. I don't understand how it has been delayed
for so long. In other parts of the State everything is passed, even though
there are petitions and people willing to fight this. I'm all for it as
long as wetlands are taken care of and noise is made as low as possible.
And that consideration is taken with everyone affected.
I was against this when it was first proposed but now that the traffic
has spun completely out of control I feel that it is more important than
ever. I don't feel that these transient newcomers to this town who
continuously raise our taxes to support outrageously expensive school
budgets and constantly clog the roads with minivans and suv's should say
one word against this. Its in part because of them that this needs to
I'm constantly on the road with my job. .RT 7 is a nightmare!!!!! Who
is holding this construction up!! Residents of CT should be flooding the
streets in protest over this. It's strangling our economy!!!!!!
It is absolutely absurd to think that the expansion of the current
route 7 to 4 lanes through Wilton will better our community and be a
better solution to the traffic problems we face, which are more serious
and problematic than even the most ardent supporter of the expressway has
expressed. A little common sense and some thought about the future and
responsible planning is called for here...not just how is this going to
effect me. This has been the classic "Let the other guy worry about
it, not me" situation for the past twenty years. I say we should push
this new expressway until it becomes reality!
Its time to build the expressway before traffic delays increase to a
point where companies will leave Fairfield county.
Not being able to plan the amount of time it will take me to travel on
route 7 because of the unpredictable and heavy traffic has caused me to
use small local roads. I don't think it is appropriate to commute on these
roads because it makes residential areas more dangerous.
Route 7 traffic improvement is a necessity in addition to more frequent
trains between Danbury and Stamford. Since we have the train
infrastructure already could we start with a few additional trains!
The economic opportunities in southern Fairfield county are closed to
me because I will NOT commute on Rt 7 from Danbury! I tried a Danbury to
Stamford commute for eight months. I quit my job because of the Rt 7
The expressway should be built just as soon as possible to alleviate
the over capacity usage of existing Route 7.
The traffic situation will only get worse as more companies move into
the Wilton area, such as NewsAmerica Marketing on Rt. 33.
The whole thing is ridiculous - they should just do the extension,
given the demographic trends. Commuting on Route 7 now is a polluting,
There have been several very strong proposals for traffic management in
Fairfield County which cost less money, will not ruin NEARLY as many
ecosystems, and will not cause nearly as much noise pollution. The people
who have been fighting this project for over 20 years have environmental
backgrounds and are striving for the health of both humans and their
surrounding habitats (non man-made). Sometimes it is more important to
step back and realize that it is our own fault for having more cars (the
Connecticut SUV obsession) and that we should deal with traffic (because
it is due to our own decisions). You can only usurp resources so much
before they are extinguished entirely. Each step that we take towards more
building in CT will only hurt our future. Is your quality of life based on
air-conditioning, a leather interior, and a great sound system or the
knowledge that the air your breath, the sounds you are exposed to, and the
animals and plants that we share earth with are not at risk?
This extension is so long overdue-- traveling to Danbury is impossible.
This would make the excursion bearable, and MUCH shorter (time wise).
This road is in definite need of expansion. The traffic backs up for
miles and miles. Many drivers get very rude and agitated as they do
nothing but sit in traffic. The traffic has greatly increased in the last
two-three years. The road is so narrow at some points I'm surprised I
don't see a head on accidents all the time. This road needs expansion
This road is sorely needed...NOW!!!!!
This road was needed 30 years ago when I lived in Ridgefield and
commuted to Stamford. I would use the new Rt. 7 to shop in Danbury.
Traffic in Wilton off of Route 7 has been adversely affected by the
indecision of completing a limited access highway straight through to
Until this project is complete there are various roads entering route 7
that should be monitored. I use to commute to Stamford and used 35 to 124.
They were having a problem with traffic in a certain area in NY and
decided to restrict traffic on to a certain road from 7:00 to 10:00 in the
morning. There are a few roads i.e. Starrs Plain road in Danbury that
cause people to slow down and let cars in/out which causes it to back up
to 84. I am totally not lying when I say I have a headache every f#$@ing
morning from driving on this made 200 years ago for abomination of a road.
I really hope something's done soon.
When the government tore down my aunt's entire Franklin Street
neighborhood in Saugatuck to build the I-95 bridge, they didn't ask them
for permission. The government made a decision. It seems to me it is the
same scenario. The road needs to be built and the government should just
build it. If the residents of Wilton don't like it maybe they should move
to Saugatuck under the bridge.