Connecticut DOT To Assess Tree Safety Along Merritt Parkway

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Monday that she has asked the state Department of Transportation to assess the safety of trees along the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways in response to a fatal accident on Saturday.  Rell was acting on a request made by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who sent a letter to the governor seeking an immediate review of tree maintenance procedures.  On Saturday, two people will killed when a tree fell onto their car while driving on the Merritt Parkway. The State of Connecticut, through its Department of Transportation, inspects trees along roadways and highways for their safety and integrity.  Questions will certainly be raised as to why this tree fell and if the state properly inspected and maintained the trees along the parkway.