Fawcett announces less truck traffic for Route 136

State Rep. Kim Fawcett announced that a new agreement has been reached with the state police that should bring reduced through truck traffic to the Greenfield Hill and State Road 136 communities. Residents had complained that trucks were not obeying the signs saying “No Thru Trucks.”

“The residents along Route 136 have struggled with the safety issues and noise associated with excessive truck traffic even though they live on a road that doesn’t allow local truck traffic,” Fawcett said. “I have been working with the community for three years and our progress has hit many roadblocks. I am so pleased that the town and state police are willing to explore new enforcement options and jointly work to reduce truck traffic.”

Route 136 is currently designated as a “no thru truck” road and, under state law, trucks are only able to travel on it when they have business within the town. For years, police officials were hampered from proper enforcement because language in the law was not clearly drafted. In the coming months, both state troopers and the Fairfield Police Department will be working together to make sure everyone is aware of the enforcement regulations.

“Probable cause and method to prove if a truck was actually in the town legally were always uncertain,” Fawcett said. “When the troopers arrive and team up with Fairfield Police we should quickly see a reduction in illegal truck traffic not only in Fairfield but through sections of Easton and Westport, too.”

Over the span of three years, Fawcett proposed legislative changes, offered amendments to bills and ultimately turned to the state attorney general to help clarify the existing statute.

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