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Merritt Parkway Closed to Non-Emergency Traffic

Dangerous driving conditions prompt Governor Malloy to issue the order.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an order, effective immediately, banning non-emergency vehicles on the Wilbur Cross and Merritt Parkways due to dangerous driving conditions.

“The storm is causing treacherous driving conditions down along the Merritt Parkway particularly, as well as on roadways across the state,” Malloy said. “I am urging residents to stay off the roads and let DOT crews get out there and get the streets clear. On the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways no one should be on the roads except emergency crews. People should stay inside at this point, we are seeing heavy snow start to impact power as well as driving.”

The Emergency Operations Center, staffed by personnel from the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Transportation, Military, Public Health, Energy and Environmental Protection, as well as representatives from Connecticut Light & Power, United Illuminating and AT&T, will remain open throughout the duration of the storm.

Governor Malloy directed staff at DESPP to reach out to the utilities in advance of the storm to discuss response capabilities in the event of power outages across the state, and the utilities participated in the Governor’s 3 p.m. conference call today.

Robert Chambers October 29, 2011 at 11:44 PM
This governor is a chicken little. Does he really think that people are going to go out for fun on a night light this? Where does he get his authority to just shot down major roads in the state. Especially since the major highways are open, what message is that sending?
Jennifer Grady October 30, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Robert, it isn't about him "getting" the authority to "just shut down major roads" it is about the fact that there are TREES down on this particular highway, and the chances of more trees falling is substantially higher on this roadway because there are significantly more trees bordering this highway - including up the center meridian. Would you like to be stuck in a traffic jam due to downed trees, waiting to get home? People do work on Saturday nights and people do need to go places, not just out for fun. Ease up. It is this type of comment that irritates me because you would be the first person to call him out if he didn't close the highways.
Robert Chambers October 30, 2011 at 02:23 AM
On the contrary Jennifer, you don't know what I would or wouldn't call him on. The less he does the happier I am.
George E. Mulligan October 30, 2011 at 02:37 AM
GOV Dannel Malloy is 1st cousin to Stratford Town Council Chairman Tom (claims) Malloy. (brilliant, BUT .....)

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