Greenwich Ave & Elm St Intersection Improvements
CONSTRUCTION BEGAN ON MONDAY MARCH 22ND. NEW SIDEWALKS, CURBS, LANDSCAPED ISLANDS, DRAINAGE AND A BIKE RACK HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER (SEE BELOW FOR PHOTOS). WORK CONTINUES AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER.
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Greenwich Avenue has long been studied for opportunities to improve streetscape, retail environment and pedestrian experience. While the ongoing Greenwich Avenue Streetscape capital project continues to gather input and establish some preliminary designs for consideration, there is an opportunity for improvements to Greenwich Avenue to take place in a focused, and potentially phased approach. The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the First Selectman’s Office, has taken a closer look at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Elm Street, with a particular focus on pedestrian safety improvements and creation of new greenspace with the goal of improving the pedestrian experience and building a sense of place.
This project received Municipal Improvement approval from the Town of Greenwich Planning & Zoning Commission in November 2020.
The proposed streetscape project at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and East/West Elm St includes many elements that focus on improving pedestrian experience and safety including the following:
- Curb extensions (a.k.a. bump-outs) to decrease crossing distance
- Raised intersection (including crosswalks)
- Decorative crosswalks
- Planting beds
- Relocated lighting
- Relocated drainage
- Relocated amenities (trash receptacles, newspaper stand)
- Replaced sidewalks
- New bike racks and benches
Four parking spaces will be eliminated on Greenwich Avenue. This change is necessary for several reasons which are to 1) increase green space, 2) relocate accessible parking stalls, and 3) remove parking stalls that currently require vehicles to back up into the crosswalk.
Anticipated Project Timeline
- Design – Fall/Winter 2020
- Construction – Spring 2021
- Duration – Approximately 8 to 12 weeks
*Note: Business access will be maintained throughout construction
Project Document Links
- December 2020 Intersection Rendering
- November 2020 Presentation to Planning & Zoning Commission
- March 2021 Press Release
For additional questions or to provide comments/feedback, please email the contact listed below.
Contact: Jason M. Kaufman, PE., Senior Civil Engineer
DPW – Engineering Division