Last week, city officials approved the installation of new guide rails along a road in northwest New Canaan in the area of a recent car crash.
When officials investigated the Cascade Road crash site, they found “a serious decline,” public works director Tiger Mann told the board at their April 5 meeting, held at City Hall and by videoconference.
“The only thing that kept the car from going over the edge was a rock and a fence,” Mann said.
The guide rail will hug a sidewalk when descending Cascade to Stamford, he said.
“It’s a steep hill,” Mann said. “It’s a steep embankment and probably should have been done in the past.”
First coach Kevin Moynihan and coaches Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 in favor of a roughly $40,000 contract with Atlas Companies LLC to do the work.
In the same vote, elected officials approved a roughly $25,000 contract with Atlas to replace guide rails on the east side of Lapham Road, near a heavily used entrance to the Waveny Park trails, in a bid to make the other side of the road in the future.
“These rails are approaching the end of their useful life,” Mann said.
The city has allocated $50,000 a year for the DPW’s guide rail program, and the additional funds needed for both projects will come from the department’s road paving budget, which is an allowable expense, he said.
When asked how many additional guide rails needed to be replaced or installed, Mann replied “a number”, including Gerdes Road near White Oak Shade, Dunning Road and Marvin Ridge Road.