Police chief urges state to take action at busy intersection
Residents and officials alike, including Trumbull's Police Chief, are calling for action from the state to mitigate safety concerns at an area of Route 111, above the Route 25 intersection.
Police Chief Thomas Kiely shared a letter with the Times, dated March 18, that he sent to David A. Sawicki of the Office of State Traffic Administration. The letter was received March 24.
In the letter, Chief Kiely requests a traffic study to be conducted for the installation of a light, and/or other improvements at 41-51 Monroe Turnpike.
“This intersection is a private driveway to a commercial development that includes a Fitness Edge and two restaurants,” Kiely writes. “There is a safety concern for vehicle operators attempting a left turn due to multiple traffic lanes on Monroe Turnpike. this safety concern is enhanced during the morning and afternoon/evening business hours.”
Kiely sent the state motor vehicle accident information for that section of Route 111. According to the police chief, the developer of the shopping center, Sound Development Group, has no plans to enhance traffic control at this intersection.
Kiely also spoke to how busy the shopping center has become: "This development gets very congested and there is also a parking problem there," he wrote. "I believe this development has progressed to be a major traffic generator on Monroe Turnpike."
Earlier this week, a resident started an online petition to the state, requesting a traffic light in that area. — see story here.