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Driver Ignores Stop Sign, Causes Collision

by marcia chambers | Mar 6, 2014 2:53 pm

With Permission Two vehicles collided yesterday when one driver ignored a corner stop sign, kept on driving, collided into another car and then flipped over, police said. Both drivers reported only minor injuries, according to Officer Chris Manner, who investigated the crash.

The accident occurred shortly after 1:15 p.m. and caused Branford police to close off Kirkham Street for about 45 minutes, Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan said.

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Branford PD Gets New Cruisers In New Year

by marcia chambers | Jan 7, 2014 1:13 pm | Comments (2)

Branford P.D. The New Year begins for the police with four 2014 Ford Explorers, each with bold Branford Police lettering on the outside, a state-of the art office on the inside and plastic seats designed for handcuffed prisoners in the SUVs’ rear.

Like many police departments in the nation, Branford was faced with difficult automobile choices after Ford Motor Co. decided in 2011 to end production of the Ford Crown Victoria, considered by most police agencies across the nation as the workhorse of cruisers.

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Amtrak Bridge: Clear Sailing At Last

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2013 8:15 am | Comments (5)

Mary Johnson Photo Did you hear the collective cheer on Thursday as all the lanes on Route 1 in the vicinity of the new Amtrak Bridge were finally opened?

For the past couple of months, as the project neared completion, motorists were funneled into a single lane near the entrance to Branhaven Shopping Center and dramatically zigzagged among cones heading up West Main Street.

Since late 2009, they have patiently endured lane closures, lane changes, washboard pavement, and even the closure of Route 1 on several occasions as the long-standing local bottleneck underwent a dramatic transformation.

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Mayors, Immigrants Rally For Driver’s Licenses

by Melissa Bailey | Apr 30, 2013 2:20 am

Melissa Bailey Photo Jose Sanchez and other undocumented immigrants showed up at the Capitol to pose a late-session question: While the state awaits federal action on immigration reform, what to do now about all the immigrants driving without licenses?

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Most Branford Roads Cleared

by Marcia Chambers | Feb 11, 2013 12:05 pm

Mary Johnson Photo After back-breaking work, payloaders and public works trucks cleared a majority of all Branford streets by this morning, leaving narrow lanes available for what officials say is icy and treacherous driving, as the clean-up from Winter Storm Nemo continued. The next issue facing the town is opening storm drains buried under snow piles on town streets.Flooding has begun.

Mary Johnson Photo Larger pay loaders were called in to push mounds of snow from the streets. Drivers need to handle one lane roads and face backing up and getting stuck. First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos said only a dozen streets had not been plowed as of this morning. After a morning of icy rain, flooding was reported in the Amtrak Bridge area near Kohl’s and on Cedar Street, a major road that connects Branford to I-95.  Here was Kohl’s parking lot yesterday. 

DaRos said after Governor Malloy’s visit to Branford shortly after noon today that his primary concern as the day unfolded was street flooding, the result of storm drains trapped under mounds of snow. “We are working on it,” he said. There are a total of 12 trucks of various sizes out on the roads today, he told the Eagle. He said he hoped the last of the roads would be opened today, but that it might take days to move the huge mounds of snow at corners all over town. 

Mary Johnson Photo The center of town was closed to traffic today as big payloaders sought to remove mounds of snow near the center’s businesses. 

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Two Tries To Take Down Old Bridge Beams

by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Jan 28, 2013 9:13 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo The process for removing the original beams under the old Amtrak railroad bridge was trickier than expected, but on the second try they finally came down. With that move, the two new railroad bridges, higher than the one old one, took stage center. 

Mary Johnson Photo Everything had been in place Saturday night, Jan. 12, for taking down old beams. All the unnecessary elements had already been removed from the old structure, which was built in 1928. 

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Trolleys Make Santa Run

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 24, 2012 12:00 pm

Mary Johnson Photo A trolley ride on the Branford Electric Railway is always special, and it’s even more special at Christmastime.

It’s a must do destination for families and kids such as Sebastian, age 6 ¾, and Raffi, age 4 ¾, as well as Maisie, 5; Gus, 3; and Stella, 7; and David, 3.

Mary Johnson Photo One vintage car held an elaborately decorated train set for families to visit as Christmas Eve arrives tonight.

Mary Johnson Photo Another antique car was beautifully decked out with flowers that glowed against the wooden chairs and car panels.

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Stay Sober Saturday Night

by marcia chambers | Nov 30, 2012 10:06 am

With Permission Heading for a night on the town this Saturday? Be careful driving back into Branford. The town’s sobriety cops will be out in force on Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

They will be conducting DUI checks on Route 1 during those hours.  Exactly where they will be stationed they aren’t saying but last year they set up check points in and around the area of Business Park Drive, near Exit 56 off I-95. 

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Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Shoreline Trolley

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 26, 2012 7:59 am

Mary Johnson Photo As the hurricane season approaches, Shore Line Trolley Museum officials remember all too well the devastation wrought by Storm Irene to some 90 historic trolleys, the ones that take passengers across the beautiful marshes that link East Haven and Short Beach in Branford.

The devastation, the flooding of rails and trolleys was horrific, officials said. But recovery is on the way for the museum, described by state Sen. Len Fasano as a “true jewel.” The museum is located on River Street, near the East Haven Green. The museum has experienced a longstanding flood problem and Storm Irene knocked 90 trolleys out of service, essentially closing down service between the two towns. 

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Track Switched; Road Widened

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 10, 2012 5:40 am | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo If you’ve noticed an uptick in activity in the Amtrak Bridge area – including lots of extra whistle-blowing – that’s because two crucial parts of the job are taking place.

As of last Thursday, railroad track 1 was shifted to a new portion of the bridge. (See photo above.) Track 2 will be moved to an existing alignment to make room for construction of a new portion of the bridge, which is supposed to take place later this month.

Mary Johnson Photo A second part of the $44.7 million Department of Transportation project, the widening of Route 1, starting at Alps Road,(pictured left)  to accommodate the bridge is also underway. The overall project is expected to cost about $70.5 million.

The changes have necessitated a new Shore Line East schedule from New Haven to Branford.  Click here to see the new Shore Line East spring schedule.

According to the state Department of Transportation, changes have been made in the Shore Line East commuter spring train schedule to accommodate the construction since only one track will be available for train service between New Haven and Branford.

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