The number of accidents on Redding roads which act as unofficial detours for road closures on Route 53 and Poverty Hollow have increased since those roads closed, Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs said Monday, June 27.

Over the weekend, Umpawaug Road was the scene of two accidents, and Diamond Hill Road saw one accident. Both of those roads might detour around the blockage on Route 53.

Additionally, Pine Tree Road saw two accidents. Pine Tree is a small road that may act as a detour around Poverty Hollow Road.

Police have increased patrols on these roads to deter travelers from driving too fast.

Poverty Hollow is closed near its intersection with Stepney Road, and Route 53 is closed just south of its intersection with Umpawaug Road.

Both roads are closed so bridge work can be done. This work cannot be done with alternating lane traffic.

There is no official local detour for the Route 53 road closure, and the state suggests those who usually travel on the road should detour by taking Route 302 (in Bethel), Route 58 (in Bethel and Redding) and Route 107 (in Redding).

There is also no local detour for the Poverty Hollow closure. The town suggests those who usually travel on the road should detour by taking Church Hill Road to Route 58.