Food Carts Vacate Traditional Posts at Long Wharf

Safety is a top priority at New Haven's Long Wharf, especially when it comes to food. 

The Interstate 95 redesign is changing the traffic flow on Long Wharf Drive, and now the fleet of food trucks is on the move,  the New Haven Register reports.

The city's Parks and Recreation and Transportation departments told the ubiquitous vendors two weeks ago to relocate to two parking lots directly across from the former curbside location, the Register reports.

The director of communications for New Haven said the move was based solely on safety.

“There was concern that the vendors and customers would be in danger in the previous location as the I-95 entrance and exit are relocated,” Jessica Mayorga told the newspaper.

Edwin Sweeney, owner of the Sweeney’s Hot Dogs truck, remained optimistic, even though the trucks can't easily be seen from the highway anymore.

“We’ve only been here a week now, so it will take a while to see (any change),” he told the Register.

Because the signs are in place, Sweeney feels that the relocation might be permanent.

Andrew Rizzo, director of the city’s building department, said that once the highway project is finished, there will be more traffic, thus causing more safety concerns for the vendors and their customers.

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