Traffic, paving, bike lanes, a new police and fire station, and parking \u2014 always more parking \u2014 dominated a discussion on town infrastructure before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, May 7.The meeting was the third in a series of listening sessions hosted by the commission to hear input from town officials ahead of its 10-year rewrite of the town plan of conservation and development, a roadmap for how the town wants to expand and preserve its character and resources over the next decade.\u201cEveryone knows there\u2019s a traffic issue here in the town of Ridgefield,\u201d said Police Chief Jeff Kreitz, who spoke first.He said that when the main arteries around and through town back up, navigation apps on drivers\u2019 cell phones will reroute them through residential streets, leading to safety concerns on some the town\u2019s narrow roads.Police Commissioner Joe Savino said Beaver Brook Road in particular sees about 300 to 350 cars go by \u201ceach way everyday,\u201d mostly due to cut-through traffic. \u201cWe had residents saying basically they can\u2019t walk their kids on the street,\u201d he said.School Superintendent William Collins indicated that the schools have had traffic problems of their own.\u201cWe have a constant problem of getting our children to school on time,\u201d he told the commission, noting that the bus company hired by the district has to \u201cuse smaller buses to get down some certain roads.\u201dKreitz suggested the town should focus on getting traffic on major roads flowing, so that drivers won\u2019t try to cut through residential streets. Syncing the traffic lights on Main Street is one part of that plan.\u201cIf you get the main arteries flowing as best you can, the secondaries will follow,\u201d said Kreitz.First Selectman Rudy Marconi noted the town is currently working on categorizing the work that needs to be done on its roads. He noted that the asphalt the town has been receiving from its contractors contains a certain percentage of recycled milling, and doesn\u2019t seem to hold up as long to wear and tear.Also up for discussion were ways to make the town more accessible to cyclists.\u201cWe\u2019re the best biking town in Connecticut,\u201d said Savino. \u201cWhen you get into the really small roads, people just have to be respectful.\u201dMarconi said the town could also ask Eversource to allow cyclists to use the rail trail. \u201cThey would probably yield to us, the neighbors were just adamantly opposed to it,\u201d he said.He also raised the issue of the need for new fire and police stations.\u201cWe\u2019re looking at two buildings that are really well over a hundred years old,\u201d Marconi said.The town essentially has three options, he explained \u2014 renovate the existing buildings, build both a new police station and a new fire station, or combine the two into one \u201cpublic safety building,\u201d which could be located on the former Schlumberger property now owned by the town.\u201cFinancially, we\u2019re carrying about 20 million for the project, I don\u2019t think it\u2019s going to be enough,\u201d said Marconi. He said most communities have spent anywhere from $13 million to $15 for a new police station, meaning both stations together will cost the town around $26 million.As for parking, Marconi reiterated the town plans to expand the Governor Street public parking lot.He noted that the Branchville train station lot is now mostly empty since the town introduced parking fees \u2014 likely because businesses in the Branchville section of town were having their employees park in the lot all day, he said. Many residents may also be driving to the Wilton station to avoid the fee, he added.Phil Kearns, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said they have plans to expand parking by around 120 spots, with the increased demand for the the department\u2019s facilities.The commission will hold a fourth listening session \u2014 open to public comment on all topics \u2014 on June 18.Marconi noted that in 1949, a study found that there were two issues facing the town in the future \u2014 \u201ctraffic, and parking,\u201d he said.