Troubled Grumman Hill Rd/Route 7 Intersection Fixes Moving Forward
Wilton officials recently received an update from the CT Department of Transportation (CT-DOT) on planned improvements at the intersection of Grumman Hill Rd. and Danbury Rd./Rte 7.
The project was bid out in May of 2019 and the contractor, Waters Construction Company, has been selected. Easements for the project have been acquired. CT-DOT anticipates starting utility relocations in the fall of 2019 and starting highway improvement work in the spring of 2020. A pre-construction meeting with the contractor, state and town will be held in fall 2019 prior to construction. The Town of Wilton will provide project updates in the future as they become available.
According CT-DOT, the planned improvements at the Grumman Hill Rd. intersection include:
- Roadway widening to accommodate northbound and southbound left-turn lanes and a minimum of 4-foot shoulders.
- The widening will primarily be on the west side of Rte. 7 and will include new sidewalk from the termination at Westy Self Storage and continue to the main ASML driveway. Sidewalks will also be installed on the east side of Rte. 7 from the termination of the existing sidewalk through the entire length of the project. The roadway will also be widened on the east side of Rte. 7 to allow for vehicle bypass capability in front of 88 Danbury Rd..
- The traffic signals for the intersection of Rte. 7 at Grumman Hill Rd. and Rte 7. at Wilton Corporate Park will be replaced to better accommodate the proposed left-turn lanes.
- Short, left-turn slots will also be installed on Rte. 7, south of the Grumman Hill Rd. intersection, at Hollyhock Ln. and the commercial driveway opposite to Hollyhock Ln..
The estimated construction cost for the state designed project is approximately $4.1 million. Funding is anticipated to be undertaken with 80% federal funds and 20% state funds. A public informational meeting was held in December 2017 at Trackside Teen Center in Wilton to allow for open discussion and comments from the community concerning the improvements.
Plans are available for review in the town clerk’s office at Town Hall (238 Danbury Rd.) during normal business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).
For more detailed information on the project, please contact James Therrien, the project engineer, from CT-DOT at 860.967.4517.
This article was compiled from a press release.