Should Milford reopen Jones Road?

MILFORD ­– Love Market Basket but hate making four turns, including turns at two stop lights, to get to the supermarket in west Milford?

There might be relief coming, at least for drivers heading east on 101A.

Selectmen are talking about reopening Jones Road, where it connects with Route 101A, to eastbound traffic.

The connection has been closed since Market Basket opened years ago and the road is usually blocked by a moving van.

Reconnection would aid eastbound drivers headed to the supermarket and the state liquor store, as well as the medical office and the bank on Jones Road.

Last week board Chairman Gary Daniels told selectmen that it would also relieve some of the traffic congestion in the area.

Voters years ago voted to close off the access, and it would take a warrant article in March to get authorization to open the road back up, he said, and would also take negotiating with the railroad company, because the road would go over the tracks.

Selectmen talked about a “Do not enter” sign from Jones Road so drivers don’t use the parking lot as a shortcut to 101A or perhaps making it right-turn only. They voted to send the issue of reopening Jones Road to the town Traffic Safety Committee.

Market Basket opened in the 1990s at the bottom of Dram Cup Hill where there had once been a ski tow called Twin Tows. Traffic has increased over the years and now the Route 101 intersections, at 101A and at Old Wilton Road, are backed up at peak traffic hours.

The state plans to improve the western-most section of Route 101A in 2016, so this might be a good time to reopen Jones Road, Daniels said.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304 or kcleveland@cabinet.com.