Weston Police Commission decides no survey needed for Cedar Hills

Weston PoliceThe Weston Police Commission does not believe a survey is warranted to study the intersection of Cedar Hills and Lyons Plain Road.

The commission, which acts as the town’s traffic authority, took no action at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, on a request to authorize a survey of Cedar Hills, a private road that intersects with Lyons Plain Road, a town road. By taking no action, the commission’s intention was to dismiss the request.

Weston police Chief John Troxell and John Conte, town engineer, explained to the commission that Westport residents Howard and Kate Dickstein had asked the town to do a survey in order to determine the boundaries of the private road and the town’s property.

The Dicksteins have complained about accidents at the intersection and would like the town to clear brush from the sight lines, and possibly erect stop signs in order to create a three-way stop at the intersection. The Dicksteins frequently visit their son who lives on Cedar Hills.

Mr. Conte said he did not believe there was a sight line issue with the town property at the intersection.

Chief Troxell compared the number of motor vehicle accidents at that intersection  with others on Lyons Plain Road. Referencing statistics for the past 10 years, the chief said there were five motor vehicle accidents reported at the intersection of Lyons Plain Road and North Avenue, three at River Road, 11 at White Birch Road, and 12 at the intersection of Lyons Plain, Fanton Hill, and Cartbridge.

All those intersections, he said, have stop signs, and in the case of the Fanton Hill/Cartbridge intersection, there is a four-way stop. He said stop signs do not necessarily prevent accidents. “They aren’t an automatic fix-all,” he said.

In comparison, the intersection of Cedar Hills and Lyons Plain Road had only two motor vehicle accidents reported in the past 10 years — one in 2009 involving a vehicle driven by Ms. Dickstein, and another in 2012, involving a vehicle driven by Mr. Dickstein.

After deciding not to vote on the matter, commissioners said they would like to recommend to the Cedar Hills homeowners association that it move mailboxes located at the end of Cedar Hills to improve the private road’s sight lines.

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