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Wilton Seeks to Unravel Confusion on Road Signs

WILTON, Conn. – At Speak Up Wilton, a number of questions were posed about some road signs, stop lights and other traffic symbols around town.

Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo took on one issue – the “No Turn on Red” sign at Belden Hill Road and Route 33 – at the Police Commission meeting Monday night.

The question asked recently at Speak Up Wilton was: Why does it have to be there? Lombardo’s original response was that it was probably because of line of sight. But Police Commission Chairman Christopher Weldon said, “It’s a state road.”

Belden Hill intersects with a state road, so the sign belongs to the state, Lombardo said. “What I’m going to do is have our officers do a survey of that, get the line of sight, gather all that information to decide whether we should make a recommendation to the state.”

But Lombardo is certain there were reasons beyond line of sight that the sign was put there – such as the pedestrian crosswalk for the Wilton Congregational Church.

A second concern broached during Speak Up was the right of way for drivers at the Old Ridgefield Road intersection near CVS and Village Market.

“I know it’s confusing,” Lombardo said. “It’s not a three-way stop; it’s a two-way stop.” But those traveling on Old Ridgefield Road who are turning right on Route 33 have the right of way, while those coming around the corner from the bank do not have to stop again.

The proposed state bill that would allow cameras to be put in at traffic lights to catch drivers running reds was another topic of discussion.

“That bill, my understanding, only applies to towns of 60,000 or more. So it will not apply to Wilton,” Lombardo said. “However, if they’re going to implement a law such as that then, I think, it should be for any municipality if they want to do it.”

Lombardo’s concern was that if Norwalk puts in cameras, then drivers might think, “As soon as I hit Wilton, I don’t see any police, I’m fine.”  But Weldon said, “We haven’t seen the bill yet."

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