Thirty-mile, multiple town detour in place during Route 82 bridge construction

A detour that caused concern among residents in Lyme, East Haddam and Salem last year seems poised to become a problem again this year ― but for new reasons. The recommended detour as crews replace the bridge across Strongs Brook in East Haddam would take drivers some 30 miles out of the way. When approached by the DOT last fall for permission to use the road again for the imminent project, both East Haddam and Lyme agreed to the proposal. Lyme First Selectman David Lahm said the town has concerns about speeding and the increased traffic on the road but will be putting up its own signs and portable digital speed signs, as well as taking other measures to mitigate any issues, including potentially paying for increased state trooper presence along the road if necessary.

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