It’s a wet ride on southbound I-95 near Exit 32 in Stratford ,… and everywhere else in the Northeast this AM.
A tough ride out there this AM with slick roads and wind-driven rain.
Use extra caution today not only because of the stormy weather, but heavy Thanksgiving Eve traffic.
The heavy rain is causing ponding on sections of the parkway that will make driving dangerous.
No accidents reported and traffic is light.
Same story on 95; no accidents or congestions. But the wind is rocking high-profile vehicles, especially on bridges including the Moses Wheeler in Stratford, the P.T. Barnum in Bridgeport, Saugatuck in Westport and the Yankee Doodle in Norwalk.
Reporting no delays … just yet.
Update, 8:28 p.m.: Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan says the railroad lost electrical power to its switches near South Norwalk earlier tonight. That’s what caused the lengthy delays, which Metro-North says were as long as 90 minutes. At one point in the outage, trains had to be stopped.
Donovan said a work crew has been dispatched to the area and is working to fix the electrical problem. The crews are moving track switches by hand in the rain to get train traffic moving again. He said the problems should be solved before tomorrow’s morning rush hour.
He said some trains are still delayed by 30 to 60 minutes as the congestion clears on the New Haven Line. For some lines, the railroad is providing substitute bus service and some of those buses are reportedly running late.
A big storm is rolling into southern Connecticut and the first rain has brought with a terrible evening commute.
The biggest concern is Metro-North, where passengers are continuing to see delays of 30 to 60 minutes on the New Haven Line. The railroad says those delays were caused by signal problems near the South Norwalk station.
At least one person on a train has told us that her train is stopped on the tracks. We’re still working to confirm whether that’s a widespread problem.
On the roads, the picture isn’t much better. Both the Merritt Parkway and I-95 are moving at less than 20 mph from Stamford to Bridgeport. On the Merritt, those delays continue past Trumbull.
An accident has been reported on I-95 southbound between Exits 17 and 16. Traffic is beginning to back up in the area. We’re also seeing some slowing on Route 8 in Bridgeport and in Shelton.
UPDATED 9 a.m.
I-95 southbound is jammed in Stamford and Greenwich, between exits 9-5, a distance of 4 miles.
The highway is also jammed from Norwalk to Stamford from Exit 17 to Atlantic Street in Stamford.
The parkway is also busy southbound, the direction most of us are heading in the morning, from the Fairfield rest area (Exit 44) out to the Route 7 ramp in Norwalk.
There is construction now on the northbound side of the Merritt, between the White Plains Road exit in Trumbull and the Nichols Road exit in Stratford. Expect stop-and-go traffic.
Metro North reports that New Haven line trains are running at or close to schedule.
UPDATED 8:50 a.m.
There is an accident now on the Merritt, on the northbound side just beyond the Sikorsky Memorial Bridge. So far, it’s not affecting anything, but the shoulder is blocked.
The Merritt is in otherwise good shape, heading south it gets busy at about Black Rock Turnpike, Exit 44 inFairfield out to the Route 7 ramp in Norwalk. Expect to go no faster that 39 miles per hour, the state DOT says.
There are delays being reported also on I-95 southbound from Saugatuck Avenue in Norwalk out to the Route 7 ramps. ,
Routes 7, 8 and 25 are also busy southbound.
Metro North is not reporting any delays on its New Haven Line service.
Four people are reportedly injured after a rollover crash on the Merritt Parkway in Stratford.
The accident was reported around 7:20 p.m. near Exit 53. The people were first reported to be trapped in the car, but emergency crews found that that was not the case.
The victims are being taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Traffic is reported to be stopped in the area, with slowing starting right after the Bridgeport exits.
If you can, take another route.
New Haven Line customers traveling through the vicinity of Fordham may experience delays of up to 10 minutes due to emergency track work in the area.
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At 10:39 AM northbound traffic is backed up at Exit 13 in Darien.
Updated: 11:15 AM
A two-vehicle accident has closed the left northbound lane in Darien between Exist 12 and 13. The accident happened around 10:20 AM.
Traffic is slowed about four miles.
Slowest speeds are in the teens between Exit 9 in Stamford and Exit 11 in Darien.
The State Department of Transportation reported a pedestrian was struck Saturday morning around 3:30 a.m.
The highway was shut down between exits six and seven while the accident was cleared an the investigation was carried out. Reports from those in traffic indicate Southbound lanes are still not moving.
According to Doingitlocal.com, State Police found a car had hit a person on the highway.