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I-84 lanes in Waterbury to open this week

BY Joe Cooper

8/20/2018
PHOTO | Gov. Malloy office
PHOTO | Gov. Malloy office
An aerial view of the I-84 corridor in Waterbury
Daily traffic along the I-84 corridor in Waterbury may soon subside as several lanes begin opening this week ahead of schedule, the governor announced Monday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the $330 million widening project on I-84 in Waterbury nears completion as three eastbound lanes will open this week and another three westbound lanes open by mid-September. The lanes are opening a year earlier than expected, Malloy said.

"This project is exemplary and has exhibited fast-paced, high-quality efficiency from its inception in 2015 -- and it's all being done one year ahead of schedule," he said.

Under the project, contractors are adding a third travel lane and full-width shoulders in both directions and other safety upgrades along a 2.7-mile track of I-84 from Washington Street to Pierpont Road in Waterbury.

Other work near Harpers Ferry Road included a two-month demolition of three bridges, rebuilding Harpers Ferry Road and constructing a box culvert. A new east-west frontage road north of Plank Road East was also built.

Officials said the on-ramp at westbound exit 25 is expected to open in November.

Additional milling, shimming and paving will continue after the lanes are opened over the next month in each direction, state officials said. Road work will continue in Waterbury through next spring for other improvements and reconstruction of several roads in the area, they said.

Don Shubert, president of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, said the massive project is capable of reducing traffic congestion and improving safety while offering new economic opportunities in the area.

For more information on the project visit here.