Trumbull’s legislative delegation, along with leaders of Monroe and Trumbull, met with the Department of Transportation Commissioner, James P. Redeker last week in Hartford.

The bipartisan meeting was held to discuss traffic concerns at the intersection of Route 25 and Route 111, and potential construction and development upgrades that would affect Trumbull and Monroe.

State Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22) and state Reps. Dave Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134), and Ben McGorty (R-122), First Selectman Tim Herbst, and Monroe First Selectman,Stephen J. Vavrek attended the meeting held in the Transportation Committee Conference room.

“This meeting was a continuation of another meeting previously held in January to address these congestion issues,” said Sen. Moore. “I offered to facilitate this meeting between the Department of Transportation Commissioner and the Trumbull/Monroe delegation, so that residents from both towns could have their voices heard on behalf of those who represent them. The congestion stemming from the intersection of Route 25 and Route 111 has been a continuous safety issue for those who live in these towns. This meeting with DOT Commissioner Redeker allowed us to address the congestion issues and discuss potential construction and development upgrades that could solve these problems.”

Commissioner Redeker discussed concerns about the traffic stemming from the intersection, and potential changes that could be made, including widening the roads to relieve congestion, and future business development that could catalyze necessary upgrades.

He said these upgrades would be beneficial to businesses and residents on both sides, and could lead to greater economic development for the area.

Also discussed was the Housatonic Rail-Trail, which is used by 6,000 hikers and visitors each year. Officials at the meeting agreed that improving and/or moving the Trumbull entranceway to the trail would be safer for visitors. The Housatonic Rail-Trail website currently states that visitors should use caution while crossing Route 111.

“The commissioner was very gracious to take the time from his schedule to meet with us,” said Rep. Rutigliano. “Our residents have contacted me repeatedly for the roads to be improved so they can have equal access. Our hope is for improvements to take place for the whole stretch of road from Monroe through Trumbull.”

“The concerns we discussed today are vital to the future of Greater Bridgeport area towns. Improvements that address traffic and safety will be extremely beneficial for our residents and for local businesses,” said Rep. McGorty.

“The intersection of Routes 25 and 111 has been an issue for many years,” Devlin said. “I hope that this meeting will spearhead infrastructure improvements so that our residents can have easier commutes, and so that businesses in the greater Bridgeport area can continue growing,” said Rep. Devlin.