This summer, those driving from Wilton to Weston may feel as if they are stuck inside an enactment of the traditional New England saying: “You can’t get thay-ah from hea-ah.”
While getting from here to there will not be impossible, it’s definitely going to be more difficult over the next several weeks, as three major road projects in Weston overlap and detours are put into place.
The latest is the upcoming closure of the bridge over the West Branch of the Saugatuck River near the Cobbs Mill Inn, where routes 57 (Georgetown Road) and 53 (Newtown Turnpike/Weston Road) intersect. The bridge is expected to be closed to all traffic between July 1 and Sept. 15.
Cars traveling south on Georgetown Road will detour onto Old Mill Road, a narrow, winding road that has been the subject of many speeding complaints over the years.
Old Mill Road, which becomes Cobbs Mill Road over the Wilton town line, will only be open one way — southbound — from Georgetown Road to the Cobbs Mill Inn during construction, so residents can access their homes and the restaurant from either direction, but there will be no northbound through-traffic permitted.
Trucks will not be allowed at all on Old Mill Road during construction.
Vehicles traveling northbound on Route 53/Weston Road who want to get to Route 57/Georgetown Road will be officially re-routed onto Route 7 north — via Norfield Road, Cedar Road, and Chestnut Hill Road (Route 53) — to Route 107 in Georgetown.
Locals, however, will likely prefer to connect to Georgetown Road using Godfrey Road West.
Herein lies the problem.
Godfrey Road West continues to be closed to all traffic due to a bridge replacement project further north up the Saugatuck’s West Branch. The road is closed at the intersection with Pent Road on the eastern end of the bridge, and Old Orchard Drive to the west of the bridge.
The project, however, is on schedule to be completed by July 10, so the two bridge closures should only overlap for a few weeks.
In the meantime, motorists must use Michael’s Way and Old Orchard Drive to travel between Route 53/Newtown Turnpike and Route 57/Georgetown Road.
“Up the road a piece,” on Route 53/Newtown Turnpike near the Redding border, there is another construction project that will likely cause more traffic delays — but no detour is needed.
The state Department of Transportation is replacing a retaining wall across from Weston Racquet Club. The road is open for alternating one-way traffic, using a temporary traffic light that was installed last week.
This project is expected to be mostly completed by Sept. 15.