Officials seek grant to help unravel town campus traffic tangle
Updated 2:41 pm, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Drive -- or walk -- into the town's historic "campus" encompassing Town Hall Green and other properties off Old Post Road, and visitors see Old Town Hall over here, the 18th-century Sun Tavern over there. A little farther into the property, behind the Burr Homestead are gardens that unfold alongside Sullivan-Independence Hall. To the east of that are the restored Victorian Cottage and the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
Oh, and there's also a soccer field.
Depending on what's going on when, parking can be tight and navigating through the circuitous driveways is difficult. And while visitors enter the parking lot at Sullivan-Independence through the museum's parking lot and driveway, they can't leave Sullivan-Independence the same way.
But the museum, which manages the historic area for the town, hopes to secure a $10,000 federal grant to address the issues.
According to the application, the funding would be used to conduct a landscape and traffic engineering study, with the goal to "improve access to the town's historic green." The engineer would analyze the traffic flow, while a landscape architect would provide a plan to "revitalize the historic landscape."
First Selectman Michael Tetreau said the study would help balance the interests of the historic properties with the day-to-day needs of the municipal offices.