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Choose Your Poison: Frustration at Home or on the Road

Following Hurricane Sandy, many residents are venturing out of their darkened homes, but traffic on the roads are no picnic either.

Despite public officials advising townspeople to stay off the roads due to some closings, the danger of hung up branches and trees that could come down, and tree and wire crews trying to work without interruption — many are either going out for their jobs, for emergencies or because sitting home without power is driving them crazy.

After going to Edith Wheeler Memorial Library today, instead of going home via Route 110, I decided to stop for lunch at Bill's Drive-In before turning right on 111 — a left looked impossible — and riding it to the 25 Connector.

I soon found that driving on Monroe Turnpike could be just as aggravating as waiting for the power to be restored. Traffic lights with no lights and temporary stop signs at intersections with way too many lanes for stop signs has slowed traffic to glacial speeds.

Along the way I noticed long lines at gas stations, with the one just over the Trumbull line coned off — I forget the name right now.

I wondered how the major intersection of routes 111 and 25 Connector would look ... but never got there.

Cars and trucks were so backed up with no movement at all. Some drivers in front of me grew impatient and decided to turn around and head back the other way. It didn't take me long to decide to join them.

Those who already drove down that way know what I'm talking about and for anyone who hadn't, it's just something to think about.

Stay safe.

Bill Bittar October 31, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Wish I took note of that when I was out!
Bill Bittar October 31, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I saw a line at Prushko's Shell station across from Big Y. Outside of calling every station in town, I'm soliciting input on Facebook. Yesterday the two gas stations at the corner of Main Street and Purdy Hill were working.
Stephanie G October 31, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I saw the same thing. It amazed me how obnoxious people could be. I even saw people at the intersection of 111 and Purdy Hill AFTER they had portable stop signs set up who were acting like idiots.
anon October 31, 2012 at 08:25 PM
i went to the Sunoco on 111 this morning ... they only had the 93 octane (most expensive) but better than nothing
Big Boy November 01, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I had to get through the intersection of 25 and 111 around 11:00am. It was backed up to the Tennis Club of Trumbull due to the traffic light being out and two police officers directing traffic. There was a large tree down across 111 further down 111 towards the mall, which had traffic backed up heading north on 111 towards the 25 intersection. There was also a large tree down on Moose Hill right on the Trumbull/Monroe line. I tried to get back home in Monroe all different ways but so many streets were impassable. Even Elm street had a large tree down just past the Bug Hill entrance. It was very frustrating.

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