NEW MILFORD -- A major change to the traffic pattern at the intersection of routes 67 and 202 in New Milford starts Wednesday morning and new traffic lights will be on for the first time.

State Department of Transportation crews will work through the night Tuesday to finish line-striping and installing signs to divert traffic coming from Bridge Street toward Prospect Hill (Route 67) and down Prospect Hill toward downtown to travel behind the firehouse.

The road that ran from the Citgo station to the firehouse -- now part of Route 67 -- will be closed for a new culvert to be installed over the winter months, replacing the present bridge.

Traffic leaving Route 202 will stop at the new traffic light and have the choice of turning right onto Bridge Street or going straight, which will take traffic behind the firehouse to get to Route 67 where traffic can turn onto Grove Street or travel uphill on Route 67.

Traffic coming into town from Grove Street will still enter Route 67 at the same place and then follow the state road behind the firehouse to go toward downtown or to Route 202.

"If the weather cooperates, the new configuration will be in place Wednesday for rush hour. Traffic has been reconfigured 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," Neelands said.

The project had been discussed for decades. Design work began in 1993, and the ground-breaking occurred on April 26 of this year.

The project is on schedule, Neelands said. Placing the new culvert is expected to take three to four months.

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