Planned changes to Sound Beach Avenue and Perrot Library Rotary

The Greenwich Department of Public Works held a public information session on Thursday, January 25, 2018 to present its revised plans for the reconstruction of the Cider Mill Creek Bridge on Sound Beach Avenue, just south of the Perrot Library. The bridge received a rating of "poor" in 2012 when its safety was evaluated and should be replaced.  As part of that work, the town also plans to change the rotary in the front of the library and the intersections of Sound Beach Avenue with Laddins Rock Road, Harding Road and Forest Avenue. None of these intersections with Sound Beach Avenue meet current state or federal requirements covering intersections of their type.

When the bridge over the creek is replaced, the town would like to make it FEMA-compliant and able to withstand a 100 year storm. In order to do this, the roadway and bridge must be raised by about two feet.  The project is high priority (ranked #1) for the Flood and Erosion Control Board which has been studying all drainage in town since the significant flooding that occurred in 2007.  Emergency Services personnel have also identified the project as important since there are few routes available into Old Greenwich when there is significant flooding created by rain or tides at Binney Park.  In 2011, Irene was a rain event where water was over the rotary. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy created flooding at the elevation of 10.2 feet and the top of the road is at 8.5 feet.

The plans presented on January 25th differ from those presented in Summer 2017 in the following ways:

  • The island at Forest Avenue has been preserved with one direction of traffic on each side of the island.

  • The rotary in front of Perrot Library has been changed to a true roundabout which would be about the size of the roundabout on Havemayer Lane at Northridge Road.

  • Sidewalks have been reduced in width from an extra wide 10 ft. to standard width of 5 ft..

  • The number of trees to be removed has been reduced from 17 trees to 7 trees.

  • There will be no property takings; there will be a parkland swap between Binney Park and the small park on the corner of Harding Road and Sound Beach Avenue.  The area of parkland will not change.

  • There is less paving (i.e., asphalt or impervious surface) in the new plan.

The curb of the new rotary will be 8 feet closer to the library than it is today.  The level of the roadway at the rotary will be 30 inches higher than it is today.

The current rotary does not meet current traffic design standards.  The DPW says the changes to the rotary will make this stretch of Sound Beach Avenue safer.  There have been 26 accidents along Sound Beach Avenue between Perrot and the First Congregational Church in the last 6 years. Half of those accidents have had injuries associated with them but there have been no fatalities.  Thirteen of the accidents have happened at the rotary itself and thirteen have happened at the Forest Avenue intersection.

Funding for the project is not impacted by the state's DOT cuts.  The project will be bonded and is projected to cost $5 million.

Easements will be required on a temporary basis for construction purposes. Sound Beach Avenue will be totally shut down for 4 to 6 weeks during this project.

These images were presented by the DPW at the January 25th meeting.

Rendering of the reconfigured Perrot Library rotary (below).  Traffic approaching the rotary from Sound Beach Avenue, Laddins Rock Road and Harding Road must yield to vehicles already traveling in the circle. Pedestrian crosswalks (drawn in red) are set one car length behind the line (broken white line) where a vehicle would wait to enter the rotary.

Below, a rendering of the reconfigured intersection of Forest Avenue/Sound Beach Avenue intersection.  Traffic will move in only one direction on each side of the island, which would be preserved.

Below, an aerial photograph of the Perrot Library rotary as it appeared in January 2018.

An aerial rendering of the changes planned for the Perrot Library rotary.  The rotary was described at the January 25 meeting as being comparable in size to the rotary on Havemayer Lane.  There is one lane of travel around the circle.  The light gray area of the circle would be raised pavers which would allow extra space for  trucks to navigate the roadway; cars would not drive on the pavers.  The road surface at the rotary will be 30 inches higher than it is currently to reduce risk of the intersection being under water during storms.

A rendering of the streetscape looking south along Sound Beach Avenue, traveling from the Post Road toward the village of Old Greenwich and passing the Perrot Library parking lot on the left.


A rendering of the streetscape looking north, driving along Sound Beach Avenue from the stores of Old Greenwich toward Perrot Library. The grade of the street will rise as it approaches the rebuilt Cider Mill Bridge (shown in the drawing to the left) and rotary to keep Sound Beach Avenue from flooding.

Watch the Greenwich Delegation Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast

From Livvy Floren, Mike Bocchino, and Fred Camillo:

On Thursday, January 18th, we hosted a pre-session legislative breakfast at the Cos Cobber where attendees asked us questions ranging from tolls to the state budget, and much more.

While we had a great turnout, we realize that many of you were unable to attend. Fortunately, our friends at IN Greenwich recorded the meeting for your convenience.

Click on this link to watch the video:

Greenwich DPW to host information session on Perrot rotary: Thursday, January 25th at 7 PM

Please plan to attend!

A revised preliminary design has been completed for the replacement of the Sound Beach Avenue Bridge over Cider Mill Brook (Bridge No. 03954), roadway improvements on Sound Beach Avenue, intersection improvements at Sound Beach Avenue, Laddins Rock Road, and Harding Road and intersection improvements at Sound Beach Avenue at Forest Avenue, in order to make the area more efficient and safer for the travelling public and pedestrians. The project is being designed by Weston & Sampson of Rocky Hill, CT.

The project is being funded through the Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Under the LOTCIP program, the Town is responsible for the design and the State of Connecticut funds 100% of the construction cost. Based upon a preliminary assessment, the construction cost will be approximately $5 million.

It is the Town’s and the State’s policy to keep persons informed and involved when such projects are undertaken. It is important that the community share its concerns to assist in the project’s development. The Town will conduct a public information meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM, at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.

Anyone interested in obtaining further information or providing input may do so by contacting Gabriella M. Circosta Cohee, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer, at (203) 861-3151.

2018.01.25 Public Information Meeting.pdf

Results of Synthetic Turf Survey - January 2018

Thanks to those who completed our survey regarding the potential installation of synthetic turf and lighting at our middle school fields.  The results were presented last week at the First Selectman's Capital Improvement Projects public hearing held at Town Hall on 1/11.  At that time, 79 people had responded with 61 saying "no" to synthetic fields, 15 saying "yes," and 3 answering "not sure."  Fifty-two (52) people provided comments.

As of today (1/17/18), 90 residents have completed the survey.  Seventy-two (72) people said "no" to synthetic fields, 15 people said "yes," and 3 answered "not sure."  Sixty people provided comments about their position on the topic.  You can read those detailed comments in the attached pdf file below.

The line item of $5 Million for turf at a middle school field has been replaced with a planned spend of $300,000 to investigate the possibility of putting synthetic turf at a middle school field.  Please read the story at Greenwich Time for more information about the discussion last Thursday evening.

Survey on turf.pdf

Artificial Turf at EMS? Attend CIP Hearing at Town Hall on 1/11

The Board of Education has proposed a 2018-19 budget line item in the amount of $5 million for 152,000 sq. ft. of artificial turf and performance game lights for a Greenwich middle school.  The middle school chosen could be Eastern.

On Thursday, January 11th at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall Meeting Room the Capital Improvement Program Projects Committee, which is led by First Selectman Peter Tesei and includes several town officials, is ranking potential projects -- including this budget line item for turf -- for consideration in what will be the First Selectman’s proposed 2018-19 budget.

As background, all three Greenwich middle schools (EMS, CMS and WMS) are part of the Board of Education's new 15-year master plan for the town's school facilities that is being developed by KG&D Architects.  One goal laid out within that plan is to artificially turf and light all three middle schools.  You can learn more about these plans by opening the attached master plan document.

As a Riverside resident, this public hearing is your opportunity to express your opinion about the conversion of the open green space behind EMS into an artificially turfed, lit and fenced athletic facility. The Board of Selectman is looking for residents' input.  “We want to hear what your concerns are and what your comments are so that as we go about looking at these (potential capital projects) and analyzing these over the next several weeks we have a sense of what the public’s feelings are about it,” Tesei quoted in Greenwich Time. December 20, 2017. pg. A3.

Plan to attend the CIP Public Hearing on Thursday, January 11th at 6:00 pm at Town Hall

Let us know what you think about these plans.  Results will be aggregated and presented at Town Hall.

Master Plan Addendum wCS.pdf

2017 Election Results for RTM Districts 5 and 12

From the Registrars of Voters, Town of Greenwich  at 11 PM Tuesday, 11/8/2017
All data sent is subject to re-verification. These results are unofficial. Official results are published the day after Election Day in conjunction with the Office of the Town Clerk. These results are sent as a courtesy, and their timeliness and frequency is entirely dependent on the activity of Election Day and the other responsibilities of the Registrars of Voters.

District 5 Vote Tallies:
Karen S. OZTEMEL 704
Christina S. DOWNEY 687
Nancy E. COOPER 671
Danyal OZIZMIR 628
Michael E. BASHAM 622
Joan B. THAKOR 615
Paul A. OLMSTEAD 609
Ashley M.B. SMITH 606
Lucy B. KRASNOR 599
Susan M. JAFFE 593
Patricia H. ROBERTS 591
Jennifer L. BAIRD 590
Ella D. COHEN 581
Peter G. VAN DUYNE 572
Joseph H. BENOIT, JR. 571
Kathryn L. WALKER 551
Stephanie L. D'ALTON BARRETT 538
Anna M. MONTEIRO 528
Thomas G. PETERSEN, JR. 523
Brian P. PELDUNAS 502
Andrew A. ORAM 501
Jeffrey B. SAHRBECK 495
Shawn J. MCDONNELL 463
Robert K. BRADY 454
Jeffrey S. BARDOS 425
Delbert G. EBERHARDT 377
Edwin D. HARDMAN, JR. 360
Martin Robert KRASNOR 335
Jason M. AUERBACH 252

District 12 Vote Tallies:

Barbara Galton HINDMAN 621
Mary A. KELLER 556
Holly E.D. YOUNG 550
Ellen MURDOCK 534
Miriam MENNIN 483
Samuel T. TELERICO 477
Thomas E. BANCROFT 462
Robert T. MAY 448
Francia ALVAREZ 442
Andrew S. WINSTON 428
Craig W. AMUNDSON 378
David A. Abaroa 361
Thomas AGRESTA 358
Glen A. CANNER 358
John M. WISSMANN 353
Aaron J. LEONARD 336
Donald T. WHYKO 311
David L. DEMILHAU 307


Philip T. BROUS, JR. 69
Maryalice SCHULTE 87