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Tag Archives: Riverside Avenue
Over the years I’ve seen tons of photos of the Riverside Avenue/Wilton Road intersection, looking down and east from the Post Road hill.
But until I spotted this one — courtesy of Kathleen Kiska and Michael Tedesco — I’d never seen a view quite like this.
The wide, sharp shot — from 1914 — seems to capture turn-of-the-last-century Westport. A thriving business district existed right alongside residential neighborhoods. The little kid riding a bicycle looks straight out of Norman Rockwell.
But who was in charge of the roads? They look in even worse shape than they are today.
… think again.
A new utility pole just went up at what has been called “the worst intersection in the state.”
I’m going waaaay out on a limb here with a prediction for 2020:
Traffic will continue to suck there.
Last week’s Photo Challenge — with a stone wall, wood fence and tall grass — could have been many places in Westport.
It actually was on the Saugatuck River — specifically, Riverside Avenue near the medical center (formerly Marketing Corporation of America). (Click here to see.)
It’s a lovely spot, though not many Westporters know it’s there.
Rich Stein, Jonathan McClure, Michael Calise, Susan Miller and Bill Kutik did, though. Congratulations for nailing this tough one.
This week’s Photo Challenge is below. If you know where in Westport you would see this, click “Comments” below.
This morning, Westport Fire Department personnel were notified that sewage was coming up from a manhole in front of Saugatuck Elementary School.
Public Works was called, and a representative responded. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Parks & Recreation Department, Conservation Department, Marine Police and businesses abutting the Saugatuck River were notified too.
The Sewer Department is working to mitigate the problem. This sewer is separate from — and the discharge “significantly smaller than” — last week’s sewer leakage event downriver, the Fire Department says.
In an abundance of caution, the Westport Weston Health District closed all beaches for swimming until further testing can be done. They advised suspending river activities too.
The good news: It’s not a Saturday.
The other good news: Based on traffic around town, it’s that mid-August time of year when nearly everyone is away. Roads, stores and restaurants are empty. Enjoy!
Alert “06880” reader Jennifer Johnson loves to ride her bike around town.
She’d love it a lot more if there were more bike lanes — especially on roads where there is enough room. She writes:
If anyone is interested in making Westport safer for biking, please come to Town Hall tonight (Monday, June 24, 7 pm ) for the “Main to Train” study meeting.
The current draft recommendations of the Main to Train study (click here) do not include a bike lane for Riverside Avenue.
This is important. Without this key recommendation, Westport will have a much harder time securing state and federal grants for bike enhancements on this important road.
You may have noticed the new and very well-marked shoulder lines on Riverside Avenue south of the Post Road. These shoulders could easily be dedicated for biking.
Instead, cars increasingly use these wider shoulders to park. Riverside is a state road (Route 33). Parking is not allowed on other state roads in town, including most of the Post Road and Compo Road (Route 136).
Because Riverside is a key artery to the train station, and one of the key purposes of the Main to Train study is to “promote non-motorized modes of transportation,” the final report should include a recommendation that the wide shoulder be reserved for biking.
Currently, the draft report shows a schematic where bikes must travel in the same lane as cars. This is arguably an even more dangerous scenario than what currently exists.
Historically, some businesses have used Riverside/Route 33 for parking. That may have worked in the past. But it is no longer a viable solution for our traffic-plagued town.
If we are serious about addressing congestion, then the town should use every opportunity to make town roads more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. The last thing our elected leaders and town employees should be doing is making it easier for people to park and harder for people to bike, especially to the train.
Please show up today. For additional information, click here for the Main to Train study website.