Jammed — traffic heading to Greens Farms Railroad Station, backed up on Greens Farms Road onto the Sherwood Island Connector. / Photo by Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The town’s entire supply of COVID-19 at-home test kits was distributed by 4:15 p.m. this afternoon, about an hour and a half after the kits started being handed out,

Access to the distribution site at the Greens Farms Railroad Station was shut down at 3:45 p.m., but those vehicles within the station’s parking lot were given the last remaining kits.

Long lines of vehicles outside the station lot had to be turned away.

Officials began distributing the kits — available on a first-come, first-served basis — about 2:40 p.m. today, which was about 20 minutes earlier than the original stating time, because of traffic clogging streets leading to the Greens Farms Railroad Station.

Before distribution of COVID-19 at-home test kits even began, streets leading to the train depot were inundated with long lines of vehicles in both directions.

Prior to that, residents begun lining up at the distribution point — the rail depot’s parking lot #1 — before 1 p.m.

Long line of vehicles on Greens Farms Road, waiting for COVID test kit distribution to start at Greens Farms rail depot. / Photo by Thane Grauel

Town officials announced the highly anticipated distribution of the test kits to Westport residents only a few hours earlier Monday, but word spread rapidly through local news outlets and social media.

In anticipation of a large response to the distribution plan, First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker had urged, “Residents’ patience and cooperation are appreciated” in her Monday morning announcement.

Residents, after waiting in long lines at Greens Farms Railroad Station, start passing through the distribution point for COVID-19 test kits. / Photos by Thane Grauel
In both the foreground and the distance, vehicles lined the streets Monday afternoon as residents hoped to get COVID-19 test kits being distributed at the Greens Farms Railroad Station/ Photo by Dawn Shmaruk
Fire and police personnel were on scene to oversee the process of distributing COVID test kits Monday afternoon at the Greens Farms Railroad Station. / Photo by Dawn Shmaruk