Noise and safety concerns of some Newtown residents are being addressed by the State Department of Transportation. The bridge replacement project on Interstate-84 is causing some headaches for residents in a Sandy Hook neighborhood.
Newtown Representative Mitch Bolinsky says about 30 neighbors and concerned residents this fall expressed their concerns, shared inconveniences and dangers being experienced to justify the need for safety and noise abatement measures. Bolinsky says it wasn't just noise, but occassionally debris would fall near where children wait for busses.
Bolinsky introduced Transportation Commissioner James Redecker to the neighbors to experience the conditions himself.
The state has agreed to install 8-foot fixed safety fence at the bridge. Rather than the permanent concrete safety walls the neighborhood wanted, a dense barrier of fast growing evergreens will be planted. Bolinsky hopes that the request for fixed sound barriers will be considered during better financial times