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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Malloy Orders Halt to State Roadwork in SW CT

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today directed the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) to halt all routine state roadway maintenance activities in lower Fairfield County to ease traffic congestion resulting from the power disruption on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.

The affected roadways include I-95, the Merritt Parkway, the Post Road (Route 1), Route 7, Route 123 and other busier secondary roads, an announcement from the governor’s office said.

Work on the lane expansion project on I-95 in Norwalk has been suspended until further notice, and there will be no lane closures except in the case of an emergency.  Malloy said the halt on routine road work in the area will continue until further notice.

“Needless to say, I am frustrated at this situation and continue to press the folks at Con Ed and Metro-North to fix it as quickly as possible,” Malloy said.

“But until the problems are alleviated, we need to take whatever steps we can to help mitigate congestion on roadways.”

The halted routine maintenance includes mowing, patching, catch basin brush clearing, tree trimming and line striping.  All bridge maintenance –- which requires lane closure for the safety of workers -– is being done at night, and any night work will be stopped and cleared by 6 a.m., Malloy’s office said.

DOT’s Service Patrols, the large trucks with flashing lights that assist motorists whose vehicles have broken down, have been placed at various points along I-95 off the roadway to assist with getting those vehicles off the road as quickly as possible and to assist with other congestion mitigation where necessary.

The DOT this morning reported that traffic on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway was only slightly heavier than normal for a weekday morning rush, according to Malloy’s office.

Updates on the Metro-North situation continue to be posted on DOT’s website (http://www.ct.gov/dot) and on Metro-North’s website (http://www.mta.info/mnr).

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Posted 09/26/13 at 02:55 PM  Permalink



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