DANBURY \u2014 One of the busiest commercial stretches on the city\u2019s east side would have more congestion at peak hours near the Bethel border if planners approve an application to open a Jersey Mike\u2019s fast food restaurant in a former cellular service store. But the extra peak-hour traffic along a stretch of Newtown Road where two strip malls are across the street from each other could be absorbed without building new lanes, according to a city expert. The reason: the state Department of Transportation is already widening the four-lane Newtown Road just south of the shopping centers. Danbury planners will take up the traffic impact question at a public hearing on Wednesday along with an apparent disagreement between city staff and Jersey Mike\u2019s consultants about the applicant paying for crosswalk improvements so shoppers can cross the street between the malls. \u201cWe have seen no demonstrated need for pedestrian mobility between the Berkshire Shopping Center and the Nutmeg Square Shopping Center,\u201d said Joe Balskus, a traffic consultant for the applicant, in a memo to Danbury City Hall, adding that crossing improvements was the state\u2019s purview. \u201c[P]edestrian improvements at the shopping center intersection \u2026 should be incorporated in the design of the ongoing reconstruction of Newtown Road.\u201d The consultant is referring to a proposal by the owners of the smaller Nutmeg Square shopping center to open a Jersey Mike\u2019s Subs restaurant in a 1,500-square-foot space formerly rented by Cricket wireless. If approved, the new Jersey Mike\u2019s would add an estimated 66 car trips to Newtown Road during the weekday evenings when traffic is already at its busiest, and 67 more car trips during the peak of weekend congestion at midday Saturday, the applicant\u2019s traffic consultant estimated. The new Jersey Mike\u2019s, which would invest about $90,000 in storefront improvements, would be in the mall anchored by Stop & Shop. The 91,000-square-foot mall\u2019s tenants include Little Caesar\u2019s pizza, Bangkok restaurant, Nutmeg Cleaners, and Ideal Furniture. It would be across the street from the Berkshire Shopping Center, anchored by Walmart, where tenants include Dollar Tree, Staples, Home Goods, Marshalls, and McDonald\u2019s. \u201c(The) proposed fast-food restaurant redevelopment \u2026 will have no material impact on the roadway network adjacent to the project site,\u201d the consultant Balskus wrote in a 20-page traffic analysis. The city\u2019s traffic czar agreed. \u201cThere is adequate capacity along Newtown Road to accommodate the projected vehicular trip generation without the need for roadway capacity improvements,\u201d wrote Abdul Mohamed, the city\u2019s traffic engineer. Mohamed called on the applicant to \u201cimprove pedestrian mobility between the subject parcel and Berkshire Shopping Center,\u201d by installing \u201cADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant ramps and push button\/pedestrian signal displays.\u201d The applicant balked. \u201c(The) scope of this change of use does not warrant the significant cost and time required for design and permitting\u201d such improvements,\u201d Balskus said. If approved, the east side would become Jersey Mike\u2019s fourth location in the Danbury area. In March, Jersey Mike\u2019s opened in New Milford, adding to its locations in Brookfield and Ridgefield.