A compromised steel gas main under the High Street bridge over Interstate 95 northbound in Milford has touched off a small brush fire that is sending smoke over the highway, fire officials say.
The Milford Fire Department is on the scene and a representative of the Southern Connecticut Gas Co. is enroute. The state Department of Transportation has posted a travel advisory suggesting that motorists avoid the area.
Traffic is backing up to Exit 38, Route 1 in Devon, a distance of about two miles.
During his morning briefing with the media Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will order highways shut down across the state when winds reach 45 mph as Hurricane Sandy enters the state.
UPDATE: At 11 a.m. trucks will be prohibited on limited-access highways.
At 1 p.m., state highways will be closed.
Essentially, Malloy said, the state doesn’t have enough resources to close all on-ramps and keep all cars off the roads, but those who do go on the highways will be doing so at their own risk.
Malloy said trucks will be stopped if they try and enter highways.
Nearby states, like New Jersey and New York, are also planning a truck ban and Malloy has said the states will work together to make sure one state doesn’t have to find a place for all the trucks and truckers during the storm.