COMMENTARY - JUNE 2002

Below are comments that we have taken VERBATIM from the response pages (with most typos corrected!).  For the sake of your "privacy", we have not identified any of the respondents.  (interestingly, those who chose NOT to put their names down were those who were CRITICAL of the proposed highway)

If you want to see earlier comments, click here  (comments from June 01, click here)

Comments - June 2002

Except for the people who understandably agree that their property values could be adversely affected by the proposed expressway extension, I think most of the strong opposition to "Super 7" comes from our "tree-hugging" environmental kooks. I think the State (and/or the affected towns) could help diminish the opposition by offering reasonable compensation to those whose property values would be adversely affected. I would be glad to help with your public relations efforts.

Although only in my current residence for 3 years, I have lived in the Danbury area the past 11 years, using Rt 7 daily. Some finality needs to come to this project, as Western CT residents are tired of political vacillating with regards to transportation: No railroad one year, expanded service the next. Expressway one decade, none the next. Expand the Danbury segment to Ridgefield one year, where did it go the next?

An expressway for Route 7 will not only lessen congestion along its current path, but will also reduce travel times for commuters and make traveling safer for patrons of both the expressway and the current road.

Connecticut is so far behind the times it is ridiculous. This expressway should have been built in the sixties. Why would you want to totally alienate the towns in northern Fairfield County??

I AM A POLICE OFFICER AND STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE STATES UNDER STATEMENT OF THE NUMBER OF TRUCKS ON RT 7. ALSO I FEEL THE RAISING OF THE BRIDGE'S IN NEWTON AND BETHEL ARE ATTEMPTS TO FURTHER STALL THE WORK ON BUILDING A SUPER " 7 " BY ALLOWING TRUCK TRAFFIC TO USE RURAL BACK ROADS.

I believe that a simple extension of the 2 lane Route 7 to a 4 lane road would not be the best solution. A parkway, where trucks are restricted would be best. Traveling on the existing Route 7 is dangerous due to local traffic that does not consider those who are passing through. For example, cars who travel below the speed limit, cars who enter roadway without concern to on-coming traffic, and the constant danger of a head-on collision due to passing cars on a road that does not provide adequate line of sight.

I feel that developing this road is essential for the development of the economies of the towns located on both ends of Route 7. I hope that this project is completed as soon as possible. I look forward to the day that my commute to Stamford is both quick and safe. With Route 7 being the only major road between the Danbury area and lower Fairfield county it is time to build for the future.

I have been traveling this road for eighteen years. It is amazing how the rest of Connecticut's transpiration system has evolved, while this route remains locked in the 1970's. I often hear "it's because the affluent towns along the corridor have a lock on state officials". Is this the case? How can I help this cause?"

I have relatives whom I visit that live in Norwalk and I grew up in Wilton. On return visits, the increased traffic on a Rt 7 that hasn't changed much since I grew up on it back in the 60's (196 Danbury Rd., now a commercial site.is clearly a problem. I believe that Rt. 7 should remain a "local" road since many more homes vs. business' line it between Norwalk and Danbury.

I think a parkway will work as well to limit truck traffic. This needs to be done or route 7 will become obscene, and back roads will become very dangerous.

If I were a merchant on the current Route 7, I would probably give it up. How can my customers get to me if they have to fight all the truck and commuter traffic? I have <i>never</i> understood the opposition to Super 7.

It is unacceptable to have a mostly two-lane road to be the main link between north and south Fairfield County.

Planning on moving to Danbury, an expressway would greatly ease my intended commute to my job in Norwalk.

Should only build 4 lane extension from route 7 and 35 in Ridgefield to Danbury - that would get rid of biggest headache. Also 4 lane into Norwalk as planned

The last mile that was opened several years ago saves me ten minutes alone. not only would i love to see the expressway up to Danbury, but it would be great if it went as far as route 90.

Traffic congestion in CT is becoming a real problem. By constructing the super7 highway, we will free up a lot of traffic on 95, 15, and local roads. It is essential to alleviate the current traffic problems. I do not understand why the state would allow the town of Wilton to hinder the completion of a much needed highway?!?!?!

We must have the expressway built. Not having the expressway is bring down the value of Wilton. It is not a small quiet town anymore. the traffic, pollution and noise is unbearable. The expressway will eliminate this going right through our town

Who is opposed to Super 7 and why?

Wondering Is it going to be I-284? If not what number will it be replaced with for the old Route US-7? Ban the Trucks and Buses from Using this highway because they pollute and they make too much noise.

Wouldn't an increase in train service be the ultimate goal? It will solve many of the items that a highway will, but in a safer way. More people on the train = less cars on the road. Less cars on the road = less of a chance for accidents. Also, expanded freight service on the Danbury Branch will decrease the amount of trucks on the road. In addition, most cars will likely average 70-75 mph on Super 7, now that's just basic physics, if accident totals stay the same (which I believe they will) the accidents occurred on Super 7 will be much more dangerous. Wake up people, the best option her is not to build a super highway, but to put that money into an enhanced rail service. It cuts down accidents and road congestion, is better for the air quality, will increase industry, and is reliable.

 


CER7

 Norwalk - Wilton, CT