Roads and Sidewalks
The City of Norwalk, under the City's Charter, is responsible for oversight of roads, sidewalks and traffic. We know these areas do impact the quality of life of our residents and the 6TD Commissioners has tried to engage the City's officials to work with us on improving conditions.
As part of this effort, the 6TD hosted officials from the City's Department of Public Works at out July 18, 2018 Commissioners' meeting. A video of that meeting is below. We discussed options for adding sidewalks, regulations on footpaths and the possibility of a petition.
The No Thru Trucks ban on Route 136
On August 21, 2007, the Connecticut State Traffic Commission ruled in favor of Rowayton and implemented the No Thru Truck designation on Route 136. This finally happened, after 23 years, following a Consent Decree that was issued in Federal Court in 1984 requiring CT Department of Transportation (DOT) and the City of Norwalk to “alleviate present levels of truck traffic through Rowayton along 136”.
Commissioner Mike Barbis and resident Andy Glazer began to seriously fight starting in 2005. They were then helped by Norwalk General Counsel Peter Nolin, Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia, Darien First Selectperson Evonne Klein and Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello. The battle with the State Traffic Commission (STC) – an arm of the Connecticut Department of Transportation -- went on for over 2 years.
After starting in 2005, the topic was eventually put on the agenda at the STC for a hearing on November 21, 2006. Engineering studies were subsequently conducted by CT DOT. On December 31, 2006, 2 of the 3 STC Commissioners retired.
On June 19, 2007, at a regularly monthly meeting, the STC was to rule on Rowayton's application for a No Thru Trucks designation. Staff recommended against approval. The Commission rejected staff’s recommendation and, instead, tabled our request.
On August 21, 2007, after Rowayton hired our own counsel, Philip N. Walker, the State Traffic Commission did finally rule in Rowayton's favor by designating the Darien and Norwalk sections of Route 136 as a No Thru Truck zone.
Unfortunately, if trucks start or end their journey in Norwalk, the ban does not apply to them and the Norwalk Police Department cannot stop or ticket them as they are not “thru” trucks -- that's the State law.
The key to the issue is Darien. The trucks use Exit 12 to get to/from Norwalk and I 95. To do so, they must go “thru” Darien on Tokeneke Road. The answer is to get Darien to enforce the No Thru Truck regulation ... if you know anyone who lives on or near Tokeneke Road, call them and ask them to complain to the town of Darien and their Police Department.