For years, when residents asked the Weston Police Commission, the town’s traffic authority, if speed humps could be put on their roads to slow down traffic, the answer has always been a resounding no.
At a Police Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 7, police Chief John Troxell asked members to consider adopting a speed hump policy. “I’ve never been a proponent of speed humps in the past, but there are no absolutes in life,” Chief Troxell said.
Residents on Old Mill Road have been the latest to ask for speed humps, and Chief Troxell said it’s time to seriously consider them.
Old Mill Road, which is narrow and twisty in spots, becomes Cobb’s Mill Road in Wilton. The Wilton end of the road has speed humps.
The chief said he had an “a ha” moment at a recent meeting of police chiefs where he learned that the town counsel for Wilton is the same as for Weston.
“There are certain situations where a road would be ripe for speed humps. Sometimes you have to think outside the box,” Chief Troxell said.
He gave the Weston commissioners a copy of the speed hump policy adopted by the town of Wilton. Wilton’s policy limits the types of roads where speed humps can be installed.
If adopted by Weston, the policy would apply not just to Old Mill Road. It would apply to any other town road that met the policy’s criteria for maximum grade and curves.
Commissioner Beth Gralnick said she would like Town Engineer John Conte to review Wilton’s policy and explain the technical road specifications so the commission could better understand how the policy would work in Weston.
Speed humps are the latest thing to be considered to ease traffic on Old Mill Road. Last October, the town spent $22,650 to remove trees in an effort to reduce accidents and near-misses on the road.
Old Mill Road is often used as a “cut-through” between Weston and Wilton during prime commuter hours, when it is heavily traveled.
Dropping the ball
Residents on Old Mill Road complained recently that the tree clearing wasn’t enough to ease traffic problems and accused town officials of dropping the ball on a crosswalk project planned for Old Mill Road.
At a recent selectmen’s meeting, Chief Troxell said he had asked the Public Works Department to do work on a crosswalk but it wasn’t done.
He changed that position at the commission meeting, where he told Old Mill Road residents that it was his responsibility to get the crosswalk done. “It’s nobody’s fault. The responsibility is on my shoulders. The buck stops with me,” he said.
The commission plans to continue its discussion on the proposed speed hump policy at its next meeting.
An update from Chief Troxell regarding Old Mill Road is on the agenda of the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at town hall.