Wolfpit Road group wants pedestrian-friendly pathway

Citing safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists, residents from the Wolfpit Road area asked the Board of Selectmen to consider installing a "pathway" along Wolfpit Road, or Route 106.

"There is always pedestrian traffic on Wolfpit Road," said David Cote, a resident of nearby Oak Ledge Lane. "There are runners, walkers, dog walkers, and cyclists, and there is no shoulder on the road. It is not a matter of if someone is going to be hit, it is a matter of when."

Mr. Cote said he represents a group called "The Wolfpit Pathway People," and was joined by his neighbors Mary Ann Higgins and Devin Comiskey in asking the selectmen to support such a project.

Ms. Higgins said that before the state took over the road, there "actually was a pedestrian-friendly shoulder," but the state installed guardrails and curbs, which eliminated the shoulder.

Along with safety reasons, Mr. Cote said, such a pathway would promote a sense of "community." Miller-Driscoll School, which is at 217 Wolfpit Road, is "the only Wilton school not connected to Wilton Center with a walkway, yet it is the closest," he said.

Also, he said, there are "more than 80 families living in the .7-mile neighborhood along and off Wolfpit Road. These families could walk to Wilton Center and its businesses, school and its playgrounds and fields, and churches at the WEPCO Center and Hope Church."

Mr. Cote said a Wolfpit pathway would promote "health and wellness" because parents could walk their children to and from Miller-Driscoll. Although the Wolfpit Road hills are narrow and dangerous, they still attract pedestrian and cycling traffic. "But let's not limit it to the strong, brave and stupid," Mr. Cote said. "The Wolfpit pathway would encourage even the average athlete to try a new route."

Leaving nothing to chance, Mr. Cote outlined several options for such a pedestrian-friendly swath.

"Plan A would be a concrete sidewalk, top to bottom," he said. "Plan B would be a concrete sidewalk on the hills only."

For Plan C, Mr. Cote suggested "a gravel or mulch pathway, top to bottom. Plan D would be a gravel or mulch pathway on the hills."

Finally, he said, "Plan E would be to have the state leave the worksites level and the Wolfpit Pathway People will finish."

A sewer project is being completed along the road, and conduit is also being installed.

First Selectman Bill Brennan said Plan E might be the best option. "We are very supportive of trails and sidewalks," he said. "We would be happy to work with you."

However, Mr. Brennan said, the state would have to approve such a project because it is a state-owned road.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle, who attended the meeting, said she would also assist the group with the project.