Muddy Brook floods over the bridge on Greens Farms Road during a nor’easter in October 2021. / File photo

By John Schwing

WESTPORT — With nearly $2.85 million in the pipeline to help address persistent flooding by Muddy Brook in the Greens Farms area, the town plans a March 7 public information meeting to update the public on mitigation plans.

At its Feb. 15 meeting, $2.844 million was endorsed for work in the area of the Hillandale Road bridge by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments — one of only three area projects the agency recommends be funded under the state’s Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program this year.

Like the two other LOTCIP projects — one of which is for improvements on Richards Avenue in neighboring Norwalk — the maximum allocation for the Muddy Brook work is capped at $4 million.

The town’s public information meeting on Muddy Brook flooding is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Town Hall’s auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave.

The meeting, according to the town’s announcement, will focus on “flood mitigation measures and bridge replacements planned along Muddy Brook from Hillandale Road to Greens Farms Road.”

The brook flows south through town on a course just over 4 miles long, roughly from the Merritt Parkway through several residential neighborhoods and emptying into Mill Creek, part of the Long Island Sound estuary.

Besides regularly overflowing its banks in the Greens Farms area, flooding problems caused by the brook upstream in the area of Long Lots Elementary School have been spotlighted recently.

Long Lots neighbors have highlighted that issue as an important element that must be addressed in plans for the new school now taking shape.

At the March 7 meeting, town officials will present design plans for the Hillandale Road bridge, as well as “additional improvements” for brook crossings at Greens Farms Road and Center Street.

Officials from the Department of Public Works, joined by the project’s design engineer, will detail the plans and answer questions.

For questions, contact Keith Wilberg, town engineer, by email at kwilberg@westportct.gov or call 203-341-1128.