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Below are some statistics from Wilton.  So far, we received 49 responses. And, no, we are not receiving any $$ from special interest groups!  As you can see from the below graph, the people in Wilton are less enthusiastic about having the highway built.  However, their responses are all relatively h  igh (above 3) definitely a positive figure.  In fact, the scores are slightly elevated with the new respondents.  

Detailed below is a comparison of the scores from Wilton and those statewide.  With the exception of questions 3 (reduce pollution) and 4 (economic development), the averages are very close.  Nonetheless, the scores do show support from Wilton residents. 

 Question # 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 12 13
average (Wilton) 4.35 4.35 3.73 3.69 4.16 3.63 3.94 3.67 3.45 4.22 4.10
average (state) 4.67 4.75 4.48 4.40 4.58 3.91 4.04 3.32 3.12 4.62 4.65

Years of residence in Wilton

1-5 yrs

53%

6-10 yrs

18%

11 - 15 yrs

8%

16 - 20 yrs

10%

over 20 yrs

10%

Some of the comments from Wilton residents (pro and con) (and yes, thanks to the brave souls with their criticisms who signed their names!)

Comments

Although Super 7 will increase traffic from Norwalk to Danbury (build it and they will come applies particularly to roads I believe) the traffic increases have occurred and will continue to occur whether Super 7 is built or not. New buildings at Merritt 7, 10 Westport Road, etc. and expansion of Perkin-Elmer's space on lower Danbury Road are just the most recent indicators of increased traffic. Wilton H.S. expansion (and expanding enrollment) will add more daily Route 7 drivers. I am one of those in Wilton whose daily lives are directly affected by increased town road traffic as Route 7 commuters flee chronic and lengthening congestion. Belden Hill Rd. is useless in the morning beginning at about 7:30 a.m. The increase in traffic since 1993 seems staggering to me--certainly in the neighborhood of tripling or quadrupling. So, net net, I think Super 7 will be a positive even if there is more traffic as a result. At least, the thru traffic will not be on town roads.

I live off of Rt 7 and the traffic has increased greatly. Plans for any additions to rt 7, community center, residential, are ridiculous with traffic the way it is now.
Plan out intersections better than grist mill

I think that there should be more attention paid to finding alternate ways of commutation and freight transportation than spending taxpayers dollars on destroying wetlands so people can travel from Danbury to Norwalk in record time. I still believe that trucks and autos will use side roads to avoid accidents and delays on expressway.

Let's not forget Georgetown in this fight. We are struggling to improve our homes, beautify the area, and finally be rid of the old "Georgetown vs. Wilton" stereotype. Rt. 7 is not helping us! We are interested in preserving our historic homes and natural wetlands--as in Wilton "proper." The traffic down rt 7 is so hideous that it takes literally 8+ minutes on some days simply to pull out of our roads onto Rt. 7. Road rage is in full display. As a Wilton (Georgetown) resident, my family and I fully support the extension so we can preserve the peace, quiet, and safety that originally drew us to this area. The commute to Stamford is horrific, and speeding traffic (trying to avoid rt.7)down our little country road is so dangerous--many near misses have already been seen. It's just a matter of time before tragedy becomes reality....even in the northern-most areas affected by this proposal.

PLEASE COMPLETE LIMITED ACCESS EXPRESSWAY. I HAVE LIVED IN WILTON ALL MY LIFE AND AM TIRED OF FEELING LIKE I HAVE TO RISK THAT LIFE AND THE LIVES OF MY FAMILY JUST TO GET ONTO THE CURRENT ROUTE 7. I NOW LIVE JUST FEET AWAY FROM WHERE ITS PATHWAY IS PROPOSED. MY LIFE MEANS MORE TO ME THAN MY PROPERTY VALUE!

Route7.org is no "non-partisan" group. Fully disclose your financial interests in making Rt 7 happen before you hide behind the cloak of "non-profit" status.
It will turn Wilton into Levittown!
It will destroy property values, dummies!

The on going politics around this road have been going on longer than I have been alive, I'm tired of hearing about wetlands and the environment on this issue. Build the damn road before I'm passed on!  As far as maintaining the character of the communities along Rt7 by not building the road 35-40 even 50 years ago, I feel that the people who made this decision deserve the traffic they now have, I really hope they enjoy the quiet along the current Rt7. The lawsuits to stop an expressway were short sighted and based as always on money. The not in my town attitude has placed these communities in the category of "just towns to pass thru" Who wants to shop in a place like Norwalk, Wilton or Georgetown. You take your life in your hands just fighting to get thru the traffic. I commute 3 hrs per day add up the hours per year and multiply it by the thousands of other commuters on that road and then think of the "lives' that have been wasted on that road. 657,000 hrs to the average lifetime! Thanks for listening

We are overloaded on Route 7, south of rte.33 with more traffic than ever in the 9 years I live here. That could all disappear with the freeway in place as it should have been 40 years ago. I live just off 7 below 33. Takes 10 minutes to leave my driveway

Why hasn't the work begun to complete the Merritt Parkway Interchange at Super 7? A new Corridor should be designed to follow more closely the exiting route 7 and the R.R. - and make all streets safer - #1 cannot be emphasized enough

I can't understand why it's taking so long for the expansion?? Why let the concerns of so few affect so many?? 
Just where do you think all this Stupid 7 traffic will go? Adjacent properties will be rendered useless for outside use do to noise! Ask Norwalk residents! If you are so determined to build this dinosaur, would you give up your property? Wake up and get a life! Move to Norwalk if you enjoy both visual and noise pollution. This has been rejected numerous times by officials in this state. Find a real cause to champion!
I had to travel Route 7 this past Monday morning at 8:20am to return a video to Critic's Choice. It took an additional 15 stressful minutes for me to get to my office in Norwalk. I won't go to the video store again if I have to return the movies during the week - because of this. I also think that the area by Wilton High School where the two lanes merge into one can be the definite cause of road rage since almost EVERYONE is trying to cut ahead of the other cars in line. How does this reduce pollution when you have so many cars just idling because of all the cars?!?!!?? I normally travel Seeley Rd. to Hurlbutt St. to Newtown Ave. to East Ave. Thank God! If I had to travel Route 7 for my daily commute I would not work in Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich or Darien. Just to avoid this road. Why don't we take a vote on Route 7 going through instead of a handful of people who probably don't travel the road during any kind of rush hour dictating our day! "
Having lived on Long Island for 16 years I can see the same mistakes being made in Fairfield County. The adage "if you build it they will come" applies to Super 7. You can never stay ahead of traffic congestion. Beside the huge cost, tremendous environmental impact, and increase in traffic that will no doubt follow, all that will be achieved is spending money without solving the primary problems: uncontrolled growth with no attention to those projects that will get cars off the highways. Without first paying attention to improving mass transit you will only turn this beautiful county into another Long Island whose highways are like clogged arteries slowly killing its master. JUST SAY NO TO SUPER 7 and put our hard earned taxes into getting cars off our highways by improving mass transit options.
Put the Wilton Police out of business. They are most dangerous when they make traffic stops on rte 7.