Huge Traffic Jams Greet Fairfield County Commuters On Friday Afternoon

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Traffic is jammed on I-95 at the East Avenue exit in Norwalk on Friday afternoon.
Traffic is jammed on I-95 at the East Avenue exit in Norwalk on Friday afternoon. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation
It's bumper to bumper on I-95 at Saugatuck Avenue in Fairfield on Friday afternoon.
It's bumper to bumper on I-95 at Saugatuck Avenue in Fairfield on Friday afternoon. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- If you are looking to get somewhere in lower Fairfield County on Friday afternoon, you are probably stuck in traffic. 

It doesn't matter where you are or where you are headed, delays are reported on major roads in every direction before 4 p.m. Friday. 

Traffic delays may be heavier than normal because many train commuters may have switched to their cars after service was stopped for more than three hours Friday morning because of a suspicious package that turned out to be a middle school project. 

On Friday afternoon, the Connecticut Department of Transportation reported the following delays:

  • On the Merritt Parkway southbound for 7.5 miles from Exit 42 in Westport to Exit 37 in New Canaan.
  • On I-95 southbound for 17.8 miles from Exit 19 in Fairfield to Exit 5 in Greenwich 
  • On I-95 northbound for 23.3 miles from Exit 3 in Greenwich to Exit 23 in Fairfield.
  • On the Merritt Parkway northbound for 27.8 miles from Exit 31 in Greenwich to Exit 51 in Trumbull. 
  • On I-84 eastbound for 4.1 miles between Exits 3 and 7 in Danbury
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The traffic on the Merritt is so unbearable on Thursday/Friday afternoon. Anytime after 3pm it is a nightmare. And those STUPID barriers that are going to be there forever just slow down the traffic from Stamford-Norwalk. Thanks DOT!

Yet another reason to get out of this once-wonderful area.