Norwalk overpass trouble for truckers
(08/07/03) NORWALK - Businesses on Norwalk's East Side are looking to the city to solve a problem involving a train bridge and tractor-trailers.
The problem centers around a Metro North overpass on East Avenue, where many tractor-trailers travel to make deliveries to South Norwalk. Sometimes, though, the deliveries don't make it past the overpass. The posted clearance of the bridge is 12 feet, 2 inches, but most commercial trailers are more than 13 feet high. The clearance sign that is posted doesn't seem to be helping. By the time trucks reach the sign, it's too late for drivers to turn off the road. Drivers say there should be a sign about 500 feet earlier, so that truckers will know to make a right onto Fort Point Street just before the overpass.
Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp (D) says there is a long-range plan in place to fix the bridge that would involve lowering the road to create more headroom, and widening the bridge and East Avenue. The mayor says the plan is contingent on federal and state funding, and the changes probably won't happen for another couple of years.