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Friday, September 21 Local

Train, traffic delays caused by snowstorm

With Wednesday’s storm expected to slam Connecticut with anywhere from 8 to 18 inches of snow, travel has been strongly discouraged by police, fire and local officials throughout the state.

But for those who have no option but to take to the roads or to hop on a train to get somewhere, below is the most up-to-date information on any delays, crashes or issues on the roadways and the railways.

UPDATE: 11:20 p.m.

Route 7 at Honey Hill Road in Wilton is closed because of a tree down with wires in the roadway. Reported at 11:06 p.m.

UPDATE: 10:50 p.m.

Travel ban

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has lifted the travel ban for tractor trailers and tandem tractor trailers on all highways in the state, except on Interstate 84. Announced around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The ban on I-84 will be lifted at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Amtrak cancellations, changes

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 148, 94 and 66 will make New York City their final stop for the remainder of Wednesday evening.

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 175 was canceled in New Haven.

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 67 is only operating between New York City and Newport News, Virginia.

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 177 is only operating between New York City and Washington, D.C.

Amtrak Keystone Service and Amtrak Empire Service will continue to operate on a modified schedule Thursday.

Additional canceled service for Thursday now includes the following...

-Northeast Regional Service: 151, 111, 183, 193, 187, 180, 130, 184, 186, 188

-Acela Express Service: 2190, 2150, 2100, 2104, 2110, 2166, 2126, 2128, 2103, 2107, 2151, 2117, 2121, 2165, 2119, 2154, 2155, 2159

-Keystone Service: 605, 609, 647, 651, 642, 646, 656, 620, 641, 640

Empire Service: 230, 234, 238, 242, 233, 235, 239, 243

Other Amtrak updates

Acela Express Service train 2163 will operate between New York City and Washington, D.C. only

Amtrak Downeaster Service north of Boston and Amtrak Shuttle Service between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts, will continue to operate as scheduled.

Anyone with reservations on trains being modified will be contacted and accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day.

Amtrak will waive the change fee for any customers looking to change reservations for travel Thursday.

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has lifted the travel ban for tractor trailers and tandem tractor trailers on all highways in the state, except on Interstate 84. Announced around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Route 107 in Redding is closed at Redding Road because of a tree in the wires. Reported at 10:27 pm.

Route 107 in Redding is closed at Hill Road because of a tree in the wires. Reported at 10:22 p.m.

Route 116 in Ridgefield is closed at Continental Drive because of a tree in the wires. Reported at 10:18 p.m.

Route 115 in Seymour is closed by Colony Street because of a tree in the wires. Reported at 9:58 p.m.

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UPDATE: 10:23 p.m.

The New Haven, Harlem and Hudson lines of Metro-North were suspended earlier. All of the suspension were the result of weather-related issues obstructing, blocking or impairing the tracks, preventing travel.

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m.

Route 313 in Seymour is closed at Warren Street because of a tree down in wires and in the roadway. Reported at 9:05 p.m.

Route 116 in Ridgefield is closed near Wooster Street because of wires down on the road. Reported at 9:04 p.m.

Route 37 in New Fairfield is closed between Overbrook Drive and High Winds Road because of wires down. Reported at 9:03 p.m.

UPDATE: 7:10 p.m.

New Canaan Branch Line service is suspended due to downed trees. Listen for announcements at your station and follow @MetroNorth on Twitter for updates.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

Metro-North has suspended the New Haven Line service between South Norwalk and New Haven due to signal problems. Customers traveling between Grand Central Terminal and South Norwalk should anticipate delays of 30 to 40 minutes.

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m.

A tree is down on the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk, impacting northbound and southbound traffic.

Shortly before 6 p.m., a one-vehicle crash was reported on Interstate 95 southbound between exits 3 and 2 in Greenwich. The right lane is closed. It was initially reported at 5:57 p.m.

UPDATE: 6:05 p.m.

The New Haven line of Metro-North is experiencing delays of 30 to 40 minutes because of signal issues between Southport and New Haven.

UPDATE: 6 p.m. — TRAVEL BAN

A travel ban has been issued for tractor trailers and tandem tractor trailers on all Connecticut limited-access highways until further notice, according to the Department of Transportation. State police said the ban was issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.

A one-vehicle crash was reported in Greenwich on Interstate 95 northbound between exits 4 and 5. The right lane is closed. It was reported at 3:33 p.m. — CLEARED by 3:53 p.m.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.

A downed tree on Creeping Hemlock Drive in Norwalk took down power, phone and cable wires, police Lt. Paul Resnick said. Crews are on scene working to remove the tree and repair the lines. Avoid the area.

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

Connecticut State Police said drivers should check weather and traffic reports before heading out.

“Reduce speed and increase following distance,” state police warned. “Avoid distractions. Concentrate on driving ... and the vehicles around you.”

Keep your windshield wipers and headlights on at all times and make sure your vehicle is clear of all snow and ice before traveling.

State police said if you spin out or crash, to turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights, move out of any lanes of travel — or as far right as you can get — and call 911.

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

An accident was reported on Interstate 95 northbound, just before exit 29 in Bridgeport. Connecticut State Police told Bridgeport fire officials there were no injuries and that the vehicles were not a hazard.

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.

Norwalk police are investigating a two-car motor vehicle crash on Scribner Avenue. There did not appear to be any injuries. Based on a photo of the crash provided by police, the crash seemed minor.

“As conditions worse, please exercise caution, leave extra following distance and turn on your headlights,” said police Lt. Paul Resnick.

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

A one-car crash was reported in Shelton on Route 25 southbound just before exit 12 as of 2:32 p.m. There were no injuries in the crash, a Bridgeport police officer who stumbled upon the crash said from the scene.

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m.

A two-vehicle crash was reported around 1:35 p.m. on Route 15 northbound between exits 48 and 49S in Trumbull. The right lane is closed. — CLEARED by 2:30 p.m.

Metro-North Railroad is operating on a reduced weekday schedule with combined/canceled trains during the morning and evening peaks. The railroad service said customers should anticipate delays caused by the storm. A guide to winter weather travel from Metro-North can be found here: http://ow.ly/CmH630hdNA5.

Tara O'Neill|Breaking News Reporter

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