The turnaround at Long Lots Road and Post Road East, above, and the turnaround near 727 Post Road East. / Screenshots, Google street view

WESTPORT — New signs will be installed on Post Road East to help avoid wrong-way accidents.

The local signs are being installed by the state Department of Transportation as part of a broader program to cut down on the recent uptick in incidents of drivers traveling the wrong way on divided highways, according to an announcement by state Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport.

Wrong-way drivers also are responsible for a higher toll of fatalities on state roads this year, including Monica Wilson, a Westport mother of three, who died from injuries she suffered in a July crash caused by a driver heading the wrong way on Route 8 in Bridgeport.

“This terrible loss was part of a growing trend of wrong-way driving” Haskell said in the announcement, “and I believe it’s critical to improve the signage that makes these accidents less likely.”

The local installations will be on Post Road East, where the roadway is divided, at: 

  • The turnaround near 727 Post Road East.
  • The turnaround at Long Lots Road.

Design plans for the sign installations are expected to be complete by the end of the year, with work set to begin shortly afterward, Haskell said.