Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today met with a delegation of Connecticut Department of Transportation officials who briefed him about tree safety on the Merritt Parkway.
Today’s Westport Town Hall meeting discussed tree safety on the Merritt Parkway, including this incident on May 5 near exit 42 in Westport, which caused no injuries. A Westchester couple died in a June 9 accident, however. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com
The two-hour meeting at Town Hall followed Joseloff’s June 11 letter to Gov. M. Jodi Rell in which he urged her to examine tree safety along the parkway following the deaths of a Westchester couple whose car was hit by a falling tree near exit 42 in Westport on June 9. (See WestportNow June 11, 2007)
Rell responded that she shared his concerns and said that she has directed ConnDOT to work with the Merritt Parkway Conservancy and local officials to analyze and address the safety and integrity of the trees along the road.
Leading the ConnDOT team to Westport was Robert P. Mongillo, transportation maintenance administrator, who was accompanied by seven others, including road maintenance officials, arborists, and roadway planners.
“It was a very good session and I appreciate the ConnDOT officials taking time to keep us updated,” Joseloff said. “It is clear that they are doing everything that they can to avert the kind of tragedy that occurred earlier this month.”
Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley and Town Engineer Dan Delahanty of the Public Works Department also participated in the meeting as did Susan Prosi, senior transportation planner for the South Western Regional Planning Agency.