FAIRFIELD — When Dylan and Kate O’Connor, born and raised in Fairfield, purchased their home in the historic Stratfield neighborhood 7 years ago, they were excited to move to a quiet street within walking distance of Stratfield Elementary School and the Four Corners, the neighborhood’s small, but quaint, commercial center. However, once their children started school, they learned that crossing the intersection at Stratfield Road (Route 59) and Fairfield Woods Road to get to school was no easy feat.
“Sections of the sidewalks are in poor condition,” said Dylan, “and the intersection is too wide and designed such that it’s difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely. Furthermore, the road design does little to encourage drivers to obey traffic laws. Sometimes I walk to the Four Corners just to observe cars speeding through red lights, or failing to yield to oncoming traffic, narrowly avoiding accidents.”