State OKs $3 Million In Traffic Fixes Near New Westport Weston Y

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The traffic reconfiguration is planned at the intersection of Route 33 and the Exit 41 ramp.
The traffic reconfiguration is planned at the intersection of Route 33 and the Exit 41 ramp. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The recent passing of a bill in the State House of Representatives will provide $3 million in funding for completion of traffic reconfiguration work at the intersection of Route 33 and the Exit 41 ramp off the Merritt Parkway.

The work was necessary because of the Westport-Weston YMCA project, which is nearing completion. This funding commitment by the state will assure that the traffic remediation promised by the Y is fully realized, so as to minimize the impacts on the Merritt Parkway and Route 33.

"We are hopeful that the funds authorized in the bonding legislation will be appropriated sometime soon by the Bond Commission,” Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D- Westport) said in a statement. “And, of course, I'm gratified to see some of Westporters' tax dollars come back to the town in grants, as has been the case with the Saugatuck Senior Co-op Apartments, the Levitt Pavilion, the Westport Country Playhouse and the downtown initiatives.”

The $3 million has been authorized as part of the bill, but the State Bond Commission still needs to convene and approve the appropriation of the funds.

“The $3 million bond commitment to support the Y project is great news for Westport and commuters from surrounding towns,” Rep. Kim Fawcett (D - Fairfield) said in a statement. “I hope that the State Bond Commission sees the need to alleviate potential traffic problems along the exit 41 ramp off of the Merritt and Route 33 and approves this funding in the next few months.”

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