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Darien Residents Support Hoyt Street Sidewalks

DARIEN, Conn. – The majority of Darien residents who live near the Talmadge Hill train station would like a sidewalk installed on Hoyt Street , according to a survey conducted by the Planning and Zoning Department . On Monday night, Planning & Zoning Director Jeremy Ginsberg presented the results of the survey to the Board of Selectmen , who said they would determine the project's feasibility.

With 55 of 76 surveyed households responding, 76.3 percent said they want the town to build a sidewalk between Leeds Lane and Barringer Road to protect pedestrians from traffic.

"We clearly have enough support for this project, and I think it's something that is worth going to the next step with," said Selectman David Bayne.

One problem is that Barringer Road is on the border of Darien and New Canaan. Even if a sidewalk is built between Leeds Lane and Barringer Road, a 0.3-mile stretch falls under New Canaan's responsibility where pedestrians must walk to get to the Talmadge Hill station.

"They're not going to fund this," said First Selectman Dave Campbell. "The only way they're doing this is if the state pays for it, or if we pay for it, and I'm not paying for it."

Of those surveyed, 67.2 percent said that even if New Canaan does not participate in building a sidewalk on its land, they still want Darien to construct one from Leeds Lane to Barringer Road.

The next step for Darien is to conduct an engineering survey of the stretch of road to see whether a sidewalk can be installed. The Board of Finance has said that if the survey concludes the sidewalk can be done, it would be paid for out of contingency funds. The selectmen agreed that they would submit a transfer to the Board of Finance next month for the $8,500 required for the survey.

What do you think about adding a sidewalk to Hoyt Street? Tell us in the comments below, on Facebook and on Twitter .

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