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Greenwich police issue gridlock warning for weekend

May 28, 2019

GREENWICH — Police are advising the public to be prepared for extra traffic next weekend in Greenwich — and all because of a major project on I-95 in Stamford.

Road crews will be replacing a bridge over I-95 at Exit 9 in Stamford, and Greenwich police say the impact of closing the interstate highway in both directions could impact local streets in town. The project will take place over the next two weekends, May 31 to June 2 and June 8 to June 9, and the effects of the highway closure will likely be felt for miles around.

“We’re expecting that they’re going to be substantial delays, and we’re preparing for that,” police spokesman Lt. John Slusarz said Tuesday. “We plan for the worst.”

Greenwich police will have extra officers on duty for the weekend, and it is also asking for cooperation from the public.

“We’re requesting people be patient — that’s what will get us through this. And plan for extra (travel) time,” the lieutenant said.

State police agreed: “Avoid it,” said state trooper Sgt. Robert Derry. “It’s really going to be a gridlocked situation.”

Motorists should not drive on near-empty tanks if they venture out on local roads this weekend, police say. And it would be a good idea to take care of shopping and other errands on weekdays, not this weekend or next, police say.

Car fans heading to the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, or the senior prom at the Hyatt Regency, should factor in extra travel time and check for the best route to take, the lieutenant noted.

While most of the congestion is likely to be centered around the I-95/Route 1 corridor, the Merritt Parkway is expected to see more volume, as well as the roads leading to and from it, police said.

In Stamford, the 60-year-old Route 1 bridge to be replaced has been deemed structurally deficient. It crosses over I-95 between Courtland and Seaside avenues. The bridge replacement will force I-95 motorists onto on- and off-ramps, where the speed limit will drop to 20 mph.

The detours will be in operation from 9 p.m. Friday until by 5 a.m. Monday during both weekends.

Using accelerated bridge construction technology, two separate spans of the prefabricated bridge will be rolled into place over the two weekends. Using traditional methods, the construction project could have dragged on for two years, and still would have caused traffic delays.

The $15 million project is being led by O&G Industries, a business based out of Torrington.

For more information on the Route 1 bridge replacement, visit i95exit9.com.

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