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Route 25 work in Trumbull will continue through Sept. 2013

The resurfacing will prevent more serious damage and extend the roadway's life, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Work on the five miles of Route 25 between Route 111 and the Merritt Parkway will temporarily halt for the winter, but it won't be finished untiil Sept. 2013.

So watch out for those orange cones and lane closures both northbound and southbound until as late as Nov. 1 of this year. Then construction season typically runs between April 1 and Nov. 1, said Kevin Nursick, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

But the discomfort is a small price to pay for the $17.5 million project, which he estimates could extend the concrete road's life for 30 years or more.

The work is overdue, according to Nursick. it was built in the late 70s and its concrete construction has required maintenance. Waiting any longer means maintaining it would be more expensive. 

"This is a very well-conceived and very cost effective product," Nursick said.

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Sections of the Route 25/8 Connector are asphalt and others are concrete. Concrete is more expensive but lasts longer. "It's like changing your oil every 6,000 miles" instead of 3,000 miles, the spokesman said.

The concrete is also differently colored and has small grooves in it to increase traction for vehicles, according to Nursick.

The guiderails are also being replaced, Nursick noted. He stressed the difference between guardrails and guiderails. Guiderails do just what their name suggests, guide cars to minimize accidents.

"The final product is going to be sweet," Nursick said.

For daily updates, check the DOT Website

Dana June 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM
this is the WORST project - I have seen multiple accidents in the last couple months on 25 due to the poorly designed construction. Add in that the cones are placed all over the road, in working lanes, etc. and it is a disaster. The fact that this is going to be going on another year just about brought me to tears.
Jennifer June 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I agree! The entrances and exits and treacherous and not well done... One second you are in what you think is a lane and then it's gone without notice!
Dave V June 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Agree. The cone arrangement at the on-ramp from Merritt south to 25 north is dangerous. It forces you out into the mIddle of speeding traffic, not a gradual merge. Someone has to inspect this. DOT, how many accidents have there been so far at this merge?
LovesTrumbull June 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Nothing like merging onto 25S from Park St. into one speeding lane of traffic! I won't let my teenage daughter drive on this section of 25 as a new driver; talk about an accident waiting to happen!
Mabel Buttress June 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM
What a nightmare!! Work on smaller sections at a time and complete them instead of being all spread out! Terrible management...
Trumbull Resident June 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM
You would think DOT should know how to put cones out so entering cars can merge and not have to go in direct traffic. I watched 3 accidents occur one after the other. And DOT is not responsible at all. They should be fined. Other people would lose their job!
Patricia Felner June 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Absolutely the WORST project I have ever witnessed. Trucks pull out of nowhere, lanes end with no notice, and those "bumps" are destroying my car. That section of Route 25 was the favorite part of my ride home. Now I avoid it at all costs. What exactly are they doing anyway??
Mark E Smith June 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Drivers need to slow down and be more patient! Many many drivers I see are "racing for position" in order to get in front of another. This is what makes the traffic pattern bad, not the patter itself. Slow down and be patient and you might find it tolerable.
Jennifer P. June 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
While glad they are doing this project overally, I am shocked that people have not been killed during the construction. Better placement of cones is VITAL!!!!!!!! I drive this road daily and do go slowly, unlike many impatient others, BUT there have been many situations where you just can't figure out where to exit or where the merging is downright dangerous. I advise everyone to contact the state DOT dept to express their safety concerns. I will be.
LovesTrumbull June 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Driving slow is still putting yourself in danger! I see some drivers cutting through cones to enter Merritt from 25S so when you follow the "unclear" path into lane, they are now on your right merging in....ugghhh
Dana June 27, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Mark, have you driven on this road in either morning or evening rush hour? On Monday morning there was a construction worker and a cone in the middle of a functioning lane of traffic. Cars veered out of the way, right into the lane where there was ONCOMING traffic from Daniels Farm Road. No matter how slow I was going, I did not expect those three things to happen at once. Clearly a lot of people are having many issues with this...I don't think it is an issue of patience at all.
Dave V June 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
DOT must respond to this problem before it's too late. I will be going to see Mr Herbst to attempt to discuss.
celtictee June 27, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I have stopped driving on 25. I am now going Main Street to White Plains Road to the Merritt north. In the morning they have all the traffic pushed onto the shoulder going southbound. In the evening, trying to merge from the Merritt onto 25 North is enough to scare the crap out of you. I am not easily intimidated by driving conditions but honestly think this is about the worst.
Jennifer P. June 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I just emailed both the state DOT dept safety div and Mr. Herbst.
Dave V June 27, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Great Jennifer. Hope you get a reply.
B E June 27, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Driving during construction has been horrible on 25. Whoever is managing this project needs to be fired. The position of the orange cones do not help; especially at night. The warning signs for bumps were in the wrong location. Once my husband and I drove by an uncovered crater right in the street. If anyone drove over it, they could have fallen in and possibly died!
Anne Needleman June 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Mark, I am a slow and cautious driver. This is absolutely the most dangerous traffic rerouting for construction I've ever seen. Yesterday I traveled 25, north and south, and was forced down to one lane with no warning. That meant almost getting hit from behind. I watched about 5 cars trying to merge back into a lane after being stuck behind the cones in the closed off lane. I think they were all trying to exit onto the Merritt too soon. Then the 3 or so set of double bumps I hit (at a fairly low speed of 50 mph) aged my already aged LR Discovery another 10 years. Poor car. The orange "bump" sign is right at the bump. Not that it mattered as slowing down didn't seem to do much good. I am no longer driving on 25 and will only use back roads. I hope nobody is killed or injured :(
Anne Needleman June 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Oh, and not dangerous but annoying and inconvenient, because I live close to 25, is the sound of the generators, or whatever they are, that drone on all night. I sleep with the windows open and it's not the most pleasant of outside evening sounds.
Vinny June 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
This construction project has been run poorly from many different levels. First, who is in charge of deciding what projects get done for DOT?? The route 25 connector was fine before. How about some of the bridges in the state, overpasses, or other roads that need repairs much more than the connector. WASTE of taxpayer money over and over. Obviously, given all of the other comments, there is a huge problem regarding safety and traffic being diverted.
ray June 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
This has to be more Obama stimulus money spent on another project that did not need to be done. It may extend the life of the road but there are so many more useful projects. Who was the person that decided that this was a priority. Really $17MM, when the state and feds are broke, very interesting.
Jim Sullivan June 28, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I sent the ConnDOT project engineer a link to this thread. Hopefully, he straigthens out some of the issues surfaced here.
Barbara June 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
There was nothing wrong with this road in the first place. Why wasn't the money spent on other roads that are badly in need of repair. Why are they replacling all the water drains? They weren't broken. Poor judgement, poor planning, poor supervision of the project and a waste of money.
Alison Kozar June 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I have to agree with Anne above regarding evening noise. It's not as though this work is being done only during the day, it goes on all night as well! Our little dead end road terminates at Rt. 25 and aside from Memorial Day weekend I have not had a good night of uninterrupted sleep in weeks! I keep on hoping they will be done with "our" section but it seems any pause in nightly jack-hammering, compressor whining, beeping reversing trucks, dump trucks being FILLED is just a brief interlude before it all starts up again. I'm just hoping they finish sooner than is indicated in this article!!! Alison
Jim Sullivan June 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I don't think its being done with Stimulus money. Stimulus projects often have conditions in the grants that signs referencing the ARRA be placed at the project site. The theory being that you see some improvements and job creation locally. I see one on those signs on the Merritt, but not on Rt 25. Here is some more info... Introduction This project involves resurfacing and safety improvements of approximately 5.2 miles (in each direction) of State Route 25 in Trumbull. Improvements will be performed on the northbound and southbound lanes including bridges and ramps on Route 25 and roadways and ramps of the Route25/Route15 Interchange. Also included in this project is the repair and resurfacing of the 23 bridges within the project limits. Purpose and Need Replace and/or restore the existing pavement to improve ride-ability. The deteriorated concrete areas are being cut out and replaced. Twenty-three (23) bridges within the project limits are being repaired and or rehabilitated to extend their service life and improve safety standards. Older guide railing systems will be upgraded to meet the latest safety standards. Improvements are being made to the current drainage systems. Based on recent traffic data it was determined that the existing climbing lanes are not warranted. Therefore, these areas will be converted to 14ft shoulders to allow an area for vehicles to safely pull-off the highway in case of emergency.
Dave V June 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Jim Sullivan. Sounds like you have some knowledge of behind-the-scenes info here. Really? 23 bridges and randomly cuttIng out sections of concrete. You are missing the point, this is a dangerous and needless project. There were NO issues w 25 and if there were (I agree in long term preservation) then poor project management and dangerous roadways need to be addressed. Jim. How many accidents have been reported as a result?
Jim Sullivan June 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
All I have is public info. I emailed ConnDOT and they sent me the cut and paste job I cut and pasted above. I drive 25 everyday and the only thing I ever noticed is how are so many people getting killed on that road? The design speed must be 250+mph with the gently curves and long straight aways. Maybe there are serious craters in the concrete. My original question to them was would a road replacement cost as much as cut and pours every 30-feet. Then they sent the cut & paste. I don't have any data on the accidents, but I encourage you Dave to pursue that information.
Dave W August 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
if this rediculous project actually was worked on, on fridays instead of shutting down for a three day weekend every week it might have been done much earlier. And as far as the concrete lasting 60 years, they are constantly digging up new spots that they have repaired already because of poor quality craftsmanship or material or because the parts of the raod they did not repair have started to crumble under the "new" grooved "finished" pavement. Those in charge of this waste of time and taxpayers money should be fired for negligence.
D C January 29, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Oh noo....9/2013?? I thought they were done with this!! Looks like I'll have to go through Shelton/Derby for my daily commute from Monroe to the West Haven area all spring/summer/fall....which is also a pain in the ass!! Everyone above is correct! I'm comfortable driving in almost all conditions but merging onto 25N from the Merritt at dusk is an absolutely terrifying experience the way they have these cones set up. I've had to slam on my brakes countless times to merge or I've had to quickly dart around others who are doing the same. And why is the highway only being reduced to ONE lane in the morning for several miles....several miles of inactivity I may add, when they're only working on a 10 foot stretch of road? Not to mention the on-ramp to the Merritt north in the morning. They make it so narrow that I have trouble squeezing my mid-size sedan through a large cone, a construction worker's foot, and a cement bridge 2 inches from my side mirror. Can we get this together??!!

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