Steve Edwards — Westport’s public works director — offers this comment on today’s “06880” story, about the new Main Street sidewalk:
Your reader’s observation that in places on Main Street the curb placement has changed is correct.
This is a positive curb re-alignment based on survey measurement and engineering design. As the new granite curbing is being installed, the town is taking the opportunity to “straighten out the curb line” on Main Street that historically had significant variation.
For example, in front of Chase Bank a belly in the curb line was removed to create a more visually attractive uniform curb. In a number of places along the roadway the curb line has been corrected. In some cases the roadway got slightly wider, and others slightly more narrow.