Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Traffic Study Requested for Post Road East Crosswalk

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The Westport Board of Selectmen, acting in its capacity as the town’s Traffic Authority, voted today to request the state Department of Transportation to conduct a safety study of a crosswalk in front of 1655 Post Road East (above) where a pedestrian was killed last month. (See WestportNow Dec. 23, 2008) The board held off requesting installation of a pedestrian-activated traffic signal there pending the study. However, the board did request the DOT to approve installation of a pedestrian-activated, solar-powered yellow flashing signal at a crosswalk at Riverside Avenue and Sylvan Lane, site of numerous near-miss pedestrian accidents. If approval is given, funds for the signal would have to be authorized by the town’s funding bodes. A representative of the owner of a nearby office building said the owner would contribute to the cost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Lending a Hand at Wilton Fatal Accident

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UPDATE Westport firefighters were called out today to lend a hand to Wilton and Norwalk firefighters at a fatal accident on Westport Avenue (Route 33) at Dudley Road in Wilton, about a half-mile past the Westport-Wilton border. Police said a pickup truck left the road and struck a tree at about 2:30 p.m., killing the front-seat passenger, identified by police as Pedro Perez, 59, of Danbury, and seriously injuring the rear-seat passenger, identified as Victor Barbecho, 26, of Danbury. The driver, Oscar Palacios, 31, of Danbury, was treated and released at Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Winter Weather Advisory Update

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has revised its winter weather advisory for Westport and area to make it in effect until 6 p.m.

Snow will continue this morning and will be heavy at times during the morning commute, an advisory said. Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected by the time the precipitation transitions to plain rain this evening.

As the low gets closer to the region, warm air aloft will move rapidly north and the snow will mix with and change over to freezing rain and sleet late this morning and into this afternoon.

Ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch are possible by this evening. Increasing east to southeast winds off the Atlantic will cause temperatures to rise above 32 degrees changing the precipitation over to plain rain by early this evening.