The Norwalk Common Council approved the budget and construction company for the Rowayton Avenue project Tuesday night after a nearly two hour debate on the subject.
"This proposal represents property value destruction from my house, my neighborhood, and my Rowayton," said Jim McPartland.
"The expenditure of $2.3 million to widen and lower the road is a totally unnecessary expenditure," said Rowayton resident Roger Smith. "I can care less that the state is miffed. I happen to pay taxes to the state also."
The $2.3 million long-planned project, reimbursable by state and federal funding, will restore the Rowayton Railroad bridge to 12 feet clearance. Although project was approved in 2011, it had been stalled, since Connecticut Department of Transportation required a 14 foot clearance, which couldn't be completed.
"North of that Underpass the road is being narrowed, narrowed," said Councilman David McCarthy. "South of the underpass it is being widened a slight amount just to make a consistent 28-foot road."
Councilman David McCarthy, chairman of the Public Works Committee addressed residents concerns on safety, leveling of the road, bike lanes and sidewalks. He says it will be completed in one construction season without night working.
"There are legitimate sidewalks being added in for the entire length of the project and up into the railroad station," said McCarthy.
Councilman David Watts says the Department of Public Works should make sure the projects is being explained thoroughly to surrounding residents.
"Sometimes the constituents are very busy," said Watts. "They don't have time to get into all the details of each project. I think that the city has an obligation to hold their hand to make sure their concerns are addressed."