Letter: Study rest-stop barriers now, not later
Published 10:57 am, Friday, September 26, 2014
The Sept. 18 public hearing on I-95 rest area safety barriers was greatly disappointing and frustrating to the many concerned citizens who for months have been advocating for barriers.
It was a classic case of the hierarchy of Project Services LLC and the Connecticut Department of Transportation not listening or being responsive to the many concerns of the people in Fairfield. Their solution -- a wire fence separating the rest-stop area from adjoining property -- would be laughable it if were not so serious a concern.
Most assuredly, a wire fence would not contain or suppress the air pollution problems generated from the many trucks. Hence, the neighborhoods and the Fairfield Audubon Birdcraft Museum which abut the truck stop area will not have the protection they seek for bird species and neighborhood residents.
Parents whose children attend adjoining schools believe a wire fence is totally inadequate. Mr. Landino was not present at the December 2013 meeting held at the Birdcraft Sanctuary, where Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara cited the importance of a safety barrier as a "deterrent to potential crime." He was not suggesting a wire fence but advocating for a safety-barrier structure that would block the view of the adjoining neighborhoods and schools.
Project Services LLC and the Connecticut Department of Transportation owe it the citizens of Fairfield to undertake an immediate study that would research and investigate the construction and cost of safety barriers and not wait two years as suggested at the meeting.