Merritt Parkway Project In Stamford, New Canaan Begins With Barrier Setup

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Concrete barriers will be set up beginning Monday along the Merritt Parkway on Monday. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The installation of temporary concrete barriers starting Monday is the first step in nearly two years worth of construction work on the Merritt Parkway in Stamford and New Canaan, the state Department of Transportation announced. 

Temporary concrete barriers will be installed along the right shoulder of two stretches of the Merritt in both directions in Stamford and New Canaan starting Monday evening, the DOT announced. The work will begin in the southbound direction just north of the Exit 37 off ramp in New Canaan.

The barriers will be set up along the right shoulders and be limited to two 1.5-mile work areas in each direction with a 1.5-mile buffer between the two locations, the DOT said. The project will extend from the Greenwich and Stamford border just north of Exit 31 for North Street to the vicinity of Exit 37 for Route 124/South Avenue in New Canaan.

The work areas will allow for pavement reconstruction and drainage installations as part of the resurfacing and safety improvement project along the Merritt. Once the two southbound work areas are established, the contractor will install the two 1.5-mile work areas in the northbound direction beginning at the Greenwich town line.

Here is lane closure information from the DOT: 

Merritt/Route 15 northbound:               

  • Monday to Thursday 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
  • Friday 8 p.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Saturday 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday
  • Sunday 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday

Merritt/Route 15 southbound:

  • Monday to Thursday 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
  • Friday 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday 
  • Saturday 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday
  • Sunday 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday

Ramp areas:

  • Monday to Friday 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day

Other roadways:

  • Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
  • Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.

The $56.9 million project was awarded to O&G Industries of Torrington on July 23 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2015.  

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tommyboy1:

This is the most ridiculous waste of taxpayer money in this state. We are paying O&G double or triple time to work on the now undrivable Merritt between 7pm and 5 am!!!!!!! Those of us who live near the parkway will not get a nights sleep for 2 years and they arent improving the parkway at all! They are cutting trees and hauling them out, please tell me how this improves the Merritt!!!!!!!!!!!!