Police report 56 fewer car accidents in 2018

The sights and sounds of a car wreck — twisted metal, shattered glass, the sound of shrieking sirens — were seen and heard less often in Ridgefield in 2018 than the previous year. According to crash statistics published by the University of Connecticut, the town reported 453 motor vehicles accidents across its 168 miles of roads. The crash results also … read more

Regional planners seek input on transportation

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) has been holding public listening sessions throughout the region to discuss the development of its Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which requires updating every four years. The sessions aren’t designed to answer questions, rather WestCOG officials want to hear concerns from the public about transportation issues. WestCOG is a regional planning agency that covers … read more

Three-hour delay turns into cancellation for Ridgefield Public Schools

The first snowstorm of the season came early and hit hard, dropping seven inches of snow in Ridgefield late Thursday, Nov. 15, and into the early hours of Friday, Nov. 16. Temperatures did not rise as they were expected to Friday morning, and the frigid weather has produced two to three more inches of snow in some areas. Town highway crews … read more

Zoning commission to host third Ridgefield Winter Club hearing Tuesday

The third public hearing for the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) — a proposed private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School. Rebecca Mucchetti, chairwoman of the town Planning and Zoning Commission, said that the RWC will open the meeting … read more

Letter: Town, state responsible for fixing dangerous Rec Center intersection

To the Editor: Recently, aluminum standing-strips on the northbound “shoulder” of Route 35 deterred vehicles from passing vehicles waiting to turn left into Rec Center/Founders Hall complex. They were removed and nothing has replaced them. Cars and trucks have resumed passing on the right. This reckless driving poses a recurring danger for multi-vehicle collisions with cars leaving and entering from … read more

A sliver widening on Route 35 by Fox Hill gains acceptance

A sliver-pass — an informal road widening which allowed northbound Route 35 traffic to slip by cars stopped, waiting to turn left into the Parks and Recreation driveway — will be officially accommodated as part of the state’s current repaving project on the highway. “That’s going to be widened in that area,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “It will be … read more

Route 35: Town will get unpaved lot by the bridge

Flat and unpaved, an area useful for occasional parking will be left to the town as a legacy of the state’s Route 35 bridge project — now near completion after two and a half years of recurring traffic backups. “It’s not going to be a formal parking area,” said Town Engineer Charles Fisher. “We’re just going to leave a gravel … read more

No traffic planned at Route 35 bridge site next week

Ridgefield drivers will get a reprieve from traffic stops at the Route 35 bridge site next week. After weeks of alternating one-way traffic near Fox Hill condominiums, the state has decided it will not stop cars in town between Monday, May 7, and Friday, May 11. Baier has notified me that  there is no construction activity planned for next week,” said Ryan … read more

State schedules more one-way traffic at Route 35 bridge site

For the fourth week in a row, Ridgefield drivers will have to sit in lines of alternating one-way traffic at the Route 35 bridge site. Ryan Wodjenski of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) told The Press Wednesday, April 25, that Bloomfield-based Baier Construction plans to alternate traffic at the site Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4. Baier is … read more

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