Grove Street/Route 67 project: Right on schedule
Things have changed at the intersection of Grove Street, routes 67 and 202, and Bridge and East streets in New Milford.
The traffic pattern changed starting late Tuesday night, featuring traffic lights which are now functioning.
State Department of Transportation crews worked through the night Tuesday to finish line-striping and install signage to direct traffic both in and out of the village center, behind the Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 firehouse, coming from Bridge Street toward Prospect Hill (Route 67) and westbound on Prospect Hill toward the town.
The roadway that runs from the Citgo service station to the firehouse -- formerly addressed as Grove Street, was temporarily closed off to allow for installation of a new culvert to be done over the winter months, replacing the present bridge over Great Brook.
Traffic entering the intersection from East Street (Route 202) now will either turn right on to Bridge Street or go straight ahead, behind the firehouse, to access either Route 67 or Grove Street.
Traffic coming into town from Grove Street still enters Route 67 at the same place and then also proceeds behind the firehouse for destinations in town or beyond.
"Traffic has been re-configured so Bridge Street will be the side leg and Route 67/202 will be the through leg," David Neelands, DOT transportation engineer for the project, said Monday.
"It will be a substantial change to what people are used to," Mr. Neelands said.
The project had been discussed for decades.
Design work began in 1993. The groundbreaking occurred on April 26.
The project is on schedule, Mr. Neelands said. Installation for the culvert over the winter is anticipated to take three to four months and work will also proceed on the extension of Grove Street to connect with the current detour behind the firehouse.