If you live in or around the Sherman / New Fairfield area, get ready for traffic delays and detours for the next few weeks.

Route 37 in Sherman will be closed starting Thursday morning (Sept. 6) at 9 am for emergency repairs, and the process could take up to 4 weeks to complete.

The reason for the closure and repair work is to reinforce the roadside near Quaker Brook. The road will actually be closed just north of Big Trail, which is near the town line with New Fairfield.

Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe told newstimes.com the reason for the repairs:

These road repairs are the result of washout conditions threatening the road’s structure and strength, they are critical for drivers’ safety. The project will build a new stone slope along Route 37 to stabilize the road after the slope eroded from all of the rain this summer.

Now, what can you do if you want to avoid delays and detours? The DOT suggests motorists use Route 39 between Sherman and New Fairfield. If you live locally, the best route is Durgy Lane, south of Big Trail. Signs will be posted to show detours.

Sherman school bus services will also be affected by the road closure, so students are advised to use alternative stops during the construction.

The overall projected cost of the repairs will be around $250,000.

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