State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), vice chair of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, released Wednesday the results of a University of Connecticut-Stamford study that show nine times the number of area residents support, rather than oppose, the possible construction of the Super 7 Expressway.

According to Duff, nearly five decades ago state and regional officials began planning an expressway to replace existing Route US 7 between Norwalk and Danbury. In 1955, the Connecticut Highway Department initiated planning improvements throughout that corridor. Two years later, the state announced that the road would be widened to four lanes and estimated the project would be completed by 1962. Except for a few stretches, those improvements never materialized.

Now, almost half a century later, Duff believes the survey results are a huge step in the right direction.

After receiving a $10,000 grant, Duff said he and members of a planning committee were pleased to use the funding to employ a "neutral" body to assess resident sentiment about any road changes that might take place.

"I'm pleased to say that the residents do support Super 7, and there is broad support," he said at a press conference Wednesday