Old Mill Road will be closed to through traffic this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting Monday, Oct. 1, and running through Friday, Oct. 5.
While through traffic will be banned from 9 to 3, residents of Old Mill Road will still have access to and from their homes. Weston police will be stationed at both ends of the road to ensure public safety.
The road is being closed for a tree removal project that was approved by the Board of Selectmen on Thursday, Sept. 6, to remove 32 trees along the road in order to improve sightlines and make the narrow road safer for residents.
The selectmen approved a special appropriation of $22,650 for the project, following a recommendation from the Weston Police Commission who heard complaints from residents about speeding on the road. Police reported a large number of accidents on Old Mill Road over the years.
Residents had initially asked the Police Commission for the installation of speed bumps or speed humps in order to slow down traffic. However, Town Engineer John Conte said in his opinion, the narrow and twisty nature of Old Mill Road was not suitable for speed bumps and he recommended clearing 32 trees in order to improve the sightlines on the road.
Old Mill Road is a popular cut-through for traffic heading from Weston to Wilton. The end of Old Mill Road becomes Cobb’s Mill Road in Wilton.
The tree removal is being done by Knapp Tree, Inc. Police Chief John Troxell told the selectmen on Sept. 6, that Old Mill Road would need to be closed during the day, from 9 to 3, while the trees were being removed because the road was narrow and there was a lack of space to take down trees and direct through traffic at the same time. The road will be open during other hours of the day.