Malloy orders highways shut down

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday ordered road closures for all state highways, including the Merritt Parkway and Interstate 95.  The closures will be implemented in two phases.

At 11 a.m., trucks will be prohibited from operating on limited-access highways.  At 1 p.m., state highways will be closed to all non-emergency related vehicles.

The governor said in a press release, "Residents need to take this storm very seriously.  Beginning in the next several hours, wind gusts will begin to exceed 50 m.p.h., making traveling along our roads – especially wooded areas like the Merritt Parkway – very dangerous.  We're doing this in two phases, so that trucks will first be prohibited and then all non-emergency vehicles.  If you're in a non-evacuation area, stay home."

During his Monday morning press conference he said that the state does have the ability to close every entrance to its highways, which also include Interstates 84 and 91 and the Wilbur Cross Parkway (which is what the Merritt becomes once it leaves Fairfield County). But that if you drive on those roads, you might be stopped and asked to exit.