WOODBURY – One of Woodbury’s most dangerous intersections will get an extreme makeover, if the plan gets state approval.
According to the Department of Public Works’ plans, the “Y” intersection of Old Sherman Hill Road and Middle Quarter Road which meets at State Route 64 (Sherman Hill Road) will be replaced with a “T” intersection with a stop sign. The intersection of Old Sherman Hill Road and Sherman Hill Road would then be made narrower.
The Town of Woodbury received permission last week by the Planning Department to replace the intersection, and work could start this fall with Connecticut Department of Transportation approval.
Rich Lamothe, Woodbury’s Director of Public Works, noted that there have been a couple of serious accidents at the awkward intersection within the past year alone.
“People are coming down 64 doing, 50, 60 MPH or better,” Lamothe told Just Woodbury. “They can bear to the left and get onto Middle Quarter Road going 40 or 50 MPH. Now they’re going to have to slow down almost to a stop and take a left onto Old Sherman, go 150 to 160 feet and then turn right onto Middle Quarter Road.”
Work to be Done In-House
Two portions of road will be eliminated, and Lamothe said the reconfiguration of the intersection will create more green space. The section of road that is being reconfigured will be repaved by a contractor, which will be paid out of the Woodbury Department of Public Work’s budget.
Removal of existing asphalt and any landscaping work will be done in-house by the town, Lamothe said.
“We’re not changing the drainage,” Lamothe said. “If anything, we’re going to have less impervious material because we are eliminating a piece of road. We’ll eliminate the asphalt, add topsoil and grass, plant trees, do whatever the state wants us to.”
If the project receives state approval, and he can get everyone on board, Lamothe said the work on the intersection should start in the fall and take about two weeks.
Lamothe said another project on Middle Quarter Road will also hopefully get state approval soon.
The town needs to replace the one-way bridge on Middle Quarter Road near its intersection with Rt. 6. That work will be paid for by the state.
However, there is a catch. Lamothe said that the state requires that any one-way bridges be replaced with a two-way bridge. The town will replace the one-way bridge with a two-way concrete cross-culvert, but narrow the width with planters so it will maintain its aesthetics as a one-way bridge. A stop sign will be placed at each end of the new culvert.
“This way, if 50 years down the road, the state says it needs to be a 2-lane bridge, we’ll just remove the planters,” Lamothe said.
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