Malloy Shuts Down Routine Roadwork In Fairfield County To Ease Traffic

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All routine roadwork and tree-trimming operations will be halted in lower Fairfield County to ease traffic.
All routine roadwork and tree-trimming operations will be halted in lower Fairfield County to ease traffic. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Gov. Dannel Malloy has halted all routine road maintenance work in lower Fairfield County to ease the anticipated increased traffic due to the disrupted Metro-North train service along the New Haven Line.

Trains are running on an extremely limited service -- about 30 percent of usual capacity -- because of an electrical malfunction in New York State.

All routine roadway work – including mowing, patching, catch basin brush clearing, tree trimming and line striping – performed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation on I-95, Merritt Parkway, Post Road/Route 1, Route 123 and other busy secondary roads in lower Fairfield County were directed to stop.

According to Malloy’s office, traffic on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway on Thursday morning, one day after the train service disruption, was only slightly heavier than normal for a weekday morning rush.

Work on the lane expansion project on I-95 in Norwalk has been suspended indefinitely, and there will be no lane closures except in the case of an emergency, a release from Malloy said.

“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. But until the problems are alleviated, we need to take whatever steps we can to help mitigate congestion on roadways,” Malloy said in a statement. “Our state transportation crews have halted all routine road work in the area and are working to ensure that the expected increase in traffic moves safely and efficiently.”

Additionally, DOT Service Patrols have been placed at various points along I-95 off the roadway to assist with getting broken-down vehicles off the roadways as quickly as possible to ease traffic congestion, the release said.

For updates on the Metro-North train situation, visit the DOT website and Metro-North’s website.

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At the first glance, it may sound like a good idea but, what happens to the workers, they get paid and no work is accomplished? So by stopping the construction you pay today and then pay again when the work is actually done. It would have been a better decision to do the work at night even if it cost a few extra dollars.

That's a good decision.
It's a mess on the roads!!

A very good decision on the Governor's part!