Selectmen to vote on Old Two Rod

Old Two Rod Highway, known as the “road to nowhere,” will finally be going somewhere, sort of.

The Board of Selectmen will vote Monday, April 17,  whether or not to discontinue the road and bring the question to the Annual Town Meeting for a vote.

“This is not a public hearing,” First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice told the Bulletin, when asked why there was no legal notice published. “Rather we were required to provide notice and post a sign on the road that this vote will be taking place.”

There is a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, which begins at 7:30 in Room B at town hall.

Old Two Road is a 33-foot-wide dirt path which extends north from the dead end of Wampum Hill Road toward the old Gilbert & Bennett wire mill. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended in July it be discontinued. The town’s other option was to abandon it.

The road became an issue a few years ago when property owners Christopher Montanaro and Laurie Ann Deilus sued the town and the Aspetuck Land Trust to get access to a 9.8-acre parcel of land near the Wilton-Weston border, which could not be accessed by any direct right-of-way.

Montanaro argued Old Two Rod Highway — which appears on town maps —is a public right-of-way and the court agreed it was a town road which had not been legally abandoned.

Discontinuing the road would put it into the hands of adjoining property owners on each side, who could then seek to develop it to “driveway-plus” standards.