Fairfield, CT– The Town of Fairfield, the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments, FHI Studio and Tighe and Bond are pleased to announce that the final report of the Post Road Circle Study has been completed and is publicly available. The final report, the existing conditions and alternatives reports, as well as several interactive webpages are available here.
The final recommendations were presented at a virtual public meeting on December 15th, 2021. The meeting recording and presentation were posted to the project website. Comments on the presentation and recommendations were accepted until January 19th, 2022.
The two recommended concepts, a modern roundabout and a signalized intersection were modeled and analyzed to determine how traffic operations would be impacted. Safety, property access, pedestrian/transit access and bicyclist accommodations were also evaluated. Public feedback and community preferences have been incorporated into this evaluation and will continue to inform future decisions for the Post Road Circle. Since both Route 1 and Route 130 are state roads, a significant amount of coordination with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will be required as any improvements are implemented.
First Selectwoman Brenda L. Kupchick said “I want to thank the members of our community who have assisted in this process by participating in public meetings and responding to surveys. This project is critical to improving safety for pedestrians and drivers.” Further, the Town appreciates the patience and flexibility of members of the Community and Technical Advisory Committees, as well as all members of the community as public involvement shifted to a virtual format in 2020.
Throughout the study, a variety of opportunities were provided for stakeholders to provide feedback on the most feasible and impactful alternatives. Lead by consulting firm Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., this inclusive public engagement ensured that the public’s concerns, as well as their aspirations for the future of the Post Road Circle area were integrated in the final report. In addition, an innovative data collection and analysis methodology, including aerial video drone footage (collected in February 2020), helped to better understand the complex traffic operations in the circle area. This approach ensured that the Study Team was focused on feasible and impactful solutions consistent with the needs and desires of the community.
Fairfield residents have been concerned about the Post Road Circle for years, as it is extremely difficult for drivers to navigate. Limited crossings and sidewalks, minimum handicap accessibility, and inadequate transit amenities leave pedestrians underserved on a four-lane roadway with over 20,000 vehicles per day. The study was conducted along Post Road from South Benson Road (west side) to Shoreham Terrace (east side) and was focused on the Post Road “Circle” where US 1 and CT 130 intersect with Old Post Road and Kings Highway East.