Black Rock Turnpike Safety Study  

Black Rock Turnpike Safety Study

This study will identify strategies to create a safe and attractive pedestrian environment, a robust infrastructure for bicyclists, and linkages between residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants along Black Rock Turnpike.

Black Rock Turnpike is a major arterial that serves one of Fairfield’s largest business and commercial districts. As a state highway (Route 58), the Turnpike is the main north/south corridor in Fairfield. Black Rock Turnpike connects residential neighborhoods to retailers and services, and is a vital link between U.S. Route 1 in the south and the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) in the north. Every day, approximately 20,000 vehicles utilize this corridor. Although Black Rock Turnpike has a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour, average speeds are between 35-40 miles per hour. The road widths, speed, high traffic volume and numerous curb cuts create an unsafe and uninviting pedestrian environment.

The Town’s Bike and Pedestrian Committee Master Plan has identified the corridor as a trouble spot in need of bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The Black Rock Turnpike Safety Study is the first step in improving conditions for drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users. Through the study, alternatives for road, bicycle/pedestrian, and safety improvements will be analyzed. An extensive public engagement process will guide the progress of the study and will include a variety of opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback on the most feasible and impactful alternatives.

Ultimately, the Study will identify strategies to create a safe and attractive pedestrian environment, a robust infrastructure for bicyclists, and linkages between residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants along Black Rock Turnpike. Future implementation of bicycle and pedestrian improvements will likely lead to a reduction of vehicle trips to and from the commercial district and reduce the number of inter-plaza trips currently necessitated by the lack of pedestrian amenities. The development and implementation of identified traffic calming measures and road diets will further increase safety in the corridor and encourage the use of alternative transportation modes to access the commercial district.

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Drone footage of Black Rock Turnpike taken on October 11, 2017

Geography of Study

The study area extent will consist mainly of the Black Rock Turnpike commercial district. The study area will start at the intersection of Route 58 (Tunxis Hill Cut Off) and Knapps Highway, continue north onto Black Rock Turnpike and end at the intersection with Tahmore Drive.