The Town, residents and businesses have worked hard through the years to advocate for safety and operational improvements to the intersection of Route 7 and Grumman Hill Road. Both Route 7 and Grumman Hill have a high level of traffic during commuting hours and turning into Grumman Hill can be difficult throughout the day. The area has been the site of too many accidents, including a fatality. The intersection is also the entry point into ASML, Wilton’s largest employer. ASML is a successful and growing high tech company. They just recently submitted plans to Planning & Zoning for a 45,000 square foot addition to this property. They are seeking to increase their workforce this year and next. ASML’s well-paying jobs are exactly the kind of jobs Connecticut needs.
At a hearing last month, the Connecticut Department of Transportation presented their plans for the necessary improvements. Residents and businesses were supportive and enthusiastic about construction beginning in 2020. Although State funding approvals were necessary, with eighty percent of the cost being funded by the federal government and the State was only required to fund twenty percent, we all left the hearing optimistic. Therefore it was extremely frustrating and upsetting when last week Gov. Malloy included the project as part of his indefinite postponement of $4.3 billion in transportation projects.