The proposed I-95 Exit 33 Interchange project that would add a new northbound and southbound ramp in and out of Stratford has received more attention after a group of Milford and Stratford residents expressed opposition to the project. Milford residents say their primary concern stems from a potential loss of business in Devon, just over the Washington Bridge. But some Stratford residents say the proposed project highlights a much larger problem — the contaminated groundwater actively flowing underneath the site of the potential Exit 33 northbound ramp and residential properties near Ferry Boulevard.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified Raymark-contaminated groundwater and indoor air extending out from the original Raymark facility (Operable Unit 1/OU1), now the Stratford Crossing shopping center, as Operable Unit 2 (OU2). According to the EPA’s 2005 remedial investigation, the OU2 area “encompasses approximately 500 acres. … Half of these are commercial in nature, containing highways and business activities; the remaining area includes residences and water bodies.”