Speed limit reduced during Riversville Road work

As final work continues on the Riversville Road Bridge replacement, drivers are being asked to go a little bit more slowly.

At the Oct. 24 Board of Selectmen meeting, a temporary reduced speed limit of 25 mph was unanimously put into effect, allowing for work to proceed safely on the project, which began in July. David Thompson, deputy commissioner of public works, told the selectmen that there had been “good progress” on the replacement but the speed of drivers had become an issue.

In order to keep the road open while the replacement work was done, a temporary bridge was installed at the insistence of the town’s public safety officials. Currently there is a very close distance between the temporary bridge and the new one, which Mr. Thompson said was installed and now was having its foundation put in. Because the distances are so minimal, the Department of Public Works said it wanted the temporary construction site speed limit installed for safety reasons.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said he agreed this could be a safety risk, especially in fall with wet leaves and other hazards on the road potentially making it easy for drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

“It’s total common sense to do this,” Mr. Tesei said.

Signs will be placed on Riversville Road and Sherwood Avenue letting drivers know that the speed limit in this zone will be reduced from 35 mph to 25.  Currently there are signs posted asking drivers to go 15 mph in the zone, but the department said those are often ignored by drivers maintaining the speed they went into the zone with.

The Police Department put its speed measuring signs up for a temporary assignment to the area to warn drivers how fast they were going and give them time to adjust.

The old bridge has already been removed. The department said at the meeting that it expected the entire project to be completed by June 2014. Once that’s done, the speed limit reduction will be ended.

 

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