Tag Archives: Saugatuck Avenue

Pic Of The Day #589

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently examining options for the rehabilitation or replacement of the William F. Cribari Bridge, over the Saugatuck River in Westport.

If they are paying the same attention to detail there as when they proofread their road signs, we’re in big trouble.

The Fallen Heroes (NOT “Heros”) Memorial Highway runs from the intersection of Route 136 and Route 33 through Wilton to the Ridgefield town line. This photo was taken on Saugatuck Avenue, just north of the I-95 Exit 17 interchange. (Photo/Jeff Wieser)

Pic Of The Day #478

Christy, pick up your damn towel already! This sign has been there on Saugatuck Avenue for a month! (Photo/Gene Borio)

Sunset Drama On Sunrise

Sunrise Road was not made for 18-wheelers.

The driver of a truck filled with 43,000 pounds of refrigerated meat — bound from Minnesota to West Haven — learned that out the hard way last night at 7.

He tried to make a right turn onto Saugatuck Avenue — no easy feat even for Mini Coopers. Soon, he was hung up on a stone wall.

Alert “06880” reader Gerald F. Romano Jr. was on the scene. For the next 2 1/2 hours, he says, Westport police and firefighters did a great job. A crew from Quality Towing unloaded 10,000 pounds of meat off the truck.

That lightened the load, so the Quality guys could pull the rear wheels off the wall. No one one was injured. The driver — who said this was his first incident in 40 years — drove off.

(All photos Gerald F. Romano Jr.)

“It all ended well,” Romano says.

But just imagine if the driver had headed for the William F. Cribari Bridge.

Firefighters Come Through

A dramatic house fire shut down Saugatuck Avenue today, near Saugatuck Shores.

“06880” reader Michelle Benner reports that Westport, Norwalk, Weston, Fairfield and Stamford fire departments — and chiefs — were all there.

The fire burned for over an hour and a half. An hour in, the owners had a fireman pull a vintage red sports car out of the garage.

The Saugatuck Avenue fire today. (Photo/Westport Fire Department)

Stamford’s department arrived with a special truck to refill oxygen tanks.

Eversource came 45 minutes in to cut the line from the utility pole. It took a while because they couldn’t drive  the truck over the hose connected to the hydrant (which was fortunately right across the street from the burning house). The line had to cut it by hand with a long pole, instead of using the cherry picker.

Firefighters brought hoses into the house, and fought the fire from inside. Water shot up out of the roof, as flames and black/brown smoke continued to pour out.

“It was heartbreaking to see,” Michelle says. “Thankfully, it appears no one got hurt.”

“But it was heartwarming to see the firefighters working together, the other towns coming in to help, and how protective the chiefs were of their men.

“The guys who climb out on the ladder to fight the fire from above are especially brave!”

The fire burned for nearly 2 hours. (Photo/Michelle Benner)

NIMBY Or Not?

An email — asking recipients to circulate a petition opposing the proposed Tesla service center and/or dealership on Saugatuck Avenue — is making its way around town.

Click here for background info, provided in the email’s link to a website called SaveSaugatuck.org.

20 Saugatuck Avenue — site of the proposed Tesla facility.

The email itself says:

If you don’t live in Saugatuck, you may not have heard – but Tesla has proposed to open a dealership/service center/charging station in the vacant space at 20 Saugatuck Ave – they are looking to change zoning to do so.

Reaching out to see if you’d be willing to sign and help gather some signatures from your neighbors/friends for a petition to help prevent Tesla from changing the zoning in a way that would allow them to open a dealership right in the middle of the neighborhood. The zoning board votes on the proposal May 18th – so we need as many signatures by then as possible.

Wouldn’t want to presume we all feel the same way about this but think it would be bad for the neighborhood to have a busy dealership creating traffic on Saugatuck Avenue, an already congested area. There is also concern around cars being test-driven on local streets like Sunrise and Treadwell, as we love how walkable the neighborhood is and feel like it’ll be a safety concern having people driving cars they’re unfamiliar with on our streets–especially ones that go from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds.

We’d love to have a Tesla dealership in town, just up on the Post Rd where the other dealers are, just not in Saugatuck.

Without taking a position one way or the other on Tesla’s Saugatuck proposal, here’s my question:

What do residents of Greens Farms — where potential Maserati owners test drive those vehicles, often going 0 to 60 in 3 seconds — think?

Taking a Maserati out for a test drive.