The Darien Police Commission recently unanimously approved two projects in town, one of which is making a section of Pear Tree Point Road as “No Parking.”

A “No Parking” sign will be posted on Pear Tree Point Road within 200 feet past the cutout at Long Neck Point Road.

“There is the little cutout when you come around off the Rings End Bridge, you make the right to go onto Pear Tree Point,” Darien Police Chief Don Anderson said.

“Just ahead of that, there is a 25 mph speed sign, and three or four or five cars have been pulling off the road,” he added. “It is quite angled going down to the water.”

He said that area is not a parking spot so there should be a sign there indicating that.

Commons project

For the Commons construction project, the commission unanimously approved leaving westbound West Avenue toward Stamford as a one-way and not shut it down entirely.

Federal Realty plans to redevelop the eastern portion of the Noroton Heights Shopping Center, and will include residential units and first floor commercial space as part of the project, called The Commons at Noroton Heights.

Previously, police had requested shutting down West Avenue for two weeks from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 14, which the commission approved.

The police chief as well as the project manager agreed to return to the original plan of alternating lanes on West Avenue.

They asked whether they would leave West Avenue westbound toward Stamford as a one way at night, and have eastbound traffic diverted down Edgerton Street to Heights, and then back to Noroton.

They said it would take seven weeks to finish the job with alternating lanes. By leaving the road open at night and keeping that one way, it would take one week off the job, police said.

It would keep traffic flowing, especially going westbound, which is the biggest concern, according to the commission.

“What they’re doing on West Avenue is to try to mitigate a lot of the flooding issues from Heights Road,” Anderson said. “So, this is a win for the town.”

“This is a better deal for all involved, rather than closing West Avenue and having to reroute the buses all the time,” he added. “This is a much more effective compromise.”

It would still be safe for travel, with safety barriers set up.

COVID-19 update

The Darien Police Department is still COVID-19 free for all of its sworn and civilian staff.

The police department and the town are discouraging members from doing any discretionary travel if it can be avoided.

Darien recently had its final delivery of PPE equipment from the state.

“That program has now been discontinued,” Anderson said. “We do have a large stock of PPE. We’re well positioned in the PPE front to get us through in the foreseeable future.”

Entry level testing

According to Anderson, exceptional candidates have come forward for entry level positions in the police department.

“We are always looking to get the best possible candidate for this police department,” he said.

The next Darien Police Commission meeting is Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.

Watch the Darien Police Commission meeting on Darien TV/79.

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