The dangerous intersection in front of the DMV was designed for cars, but is seeing more pedestrian activity. Despite a recent fatality, the DOT has no plans to make the intersection safe for pedestrians.
On June 29th this intersection claimed a life. John Pluas, a 17-year old who had just finished work at the Tuscan Oven, tried to cross US-7. If the "push for green" buttons had been working, he at least would have had a protected window for a cross-road jog. Instead, replicating an experience common to many Norwalk pedestrians, he had to run across the highway.
He didn't make it. Struck by a minivan heading north, he was removed from life support a few days later.
|The worst bus stop in Norwalk?|
On the southwest corner of the intersection, there is a bus stop, the northernmost stop for the Route 3 bus. Every 20 minutes, all day, a bus drops off a few people on a patch of grass. There is no sidewalk for them, no crosswalk and not even a placebo "push for green" button. Like John Pluas, they must run across the road.
Being transit passengers, some of them are seniors or disabled. I have personally witnessed a person in a motorized wheelchair make this crossing.
This intersection design is not just unsafe and unpleasant, it is negligent. Basic fixes for this intersection--crosswalks and pedestrian signals--would cost little and save lives.
Asked whether any upgrades are planned given the fatality, DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick confirms, "We do no have anything in the works for this area in the short term". The DOT will, however, send a crew out to check on the "push for green" buttons.
Regarding the accident,
To the best of my knowledge this is still being investigated by authorities, therefore, it would be premature for me to comment about this particular incident.I disagree. When an intersection is designed this dangerously, accidents are inevitable. The DOT needs to take the minimum steps to make this intersection safe for pedestrians.
Generally speaking, human error is overwhelmingly the cause of accidents on our roadways. The same goes for accidents involving pedestrians. Unfortunately, no matter what the design of a particular section of infrastructure, the fundamental issue at hand is the failure of users (including operators of motor vehicles as well as pedestrians and others) to obey basic rules, which leads to accidents.