NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A big shift is coming later this week for drivers who travel through New Haven. New lanes are coming on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, otherwise known as the "Q Bridge."
Today, thanks is being given to workers who built the new structure, bringing it in ahead of schedule.
"This successful program is because of you. Thank you very much!"
There was a big coffee break and big thank you to the men and women building the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. They earned the free coffee and donuts by getting the project so far ahead of schedule.
"Overall, we're really about 3 months ahead, but there's aspects of the work that is much further along than that. Some is 6 months ahead, all the way up to a year," said Brian Mercure, ConnDOT.
And the workers are just days away from what may be the biggest change yet. Weather permitting, by Monday morning, all traffic will be on the newly constructed bridge. Right now, only northbound is.
There will be some changes in the southbound drive. For one thing, if you go from 95 south to Route 34, you'll take a new ramp that heads you towards I-91, but then that ramp splits. That's just one of the changes.
"Lots of work to do. There's lots of grade changes," Mercure said. "Lots of temporary conditions that we have to keep moving people back and forth."
To make all those changes happen by Monday morning, we first have to endure a little pain this weekend. Starting Friday night, they are going to take some lanes out of service on 95 and 91 southbound, so if you can, you probably want to stay out of the area.
"This one's going to be pretty bad because it's over the whole weekend, and we're going to be running right up to the end on this one," said Mercure.
There will be two lanes open during the day and one lane open at night all weekend, so consider yourself warned. However, it's a necessary step towards finishing the bridge.
"We have three lanes in each direction now. We're going to have 5 in each direction with full shoulders," Mercure said. "You'll actually be able to change your tire if you get a flat on the bridge."
Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to take immediate action to try and prevent another deadly train crash like the one that happened last weekend in New York City.
Members of the Machinists union who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney have approved a new three-year contract.
Manchester police are investigating what lead one man to allegedly kill three women and then take his own life.
The University of Connecticut has awarded the first two scholarships under a program launched to help those affected by last year's massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
A student accused of setting off a lockdown and massive police response at Central Connecticut State University by wearing a ninja-like costume on campus is set to face a judge for the first time.
Newtown police officers rescued two people from a house fire, early Sunday.
Enfield resident Harold Slater was just 20-years-old the day he witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Two men were arrested after breaking into a home then driving at officers during a pursuit in Waterbury on Saturday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor is calling for houses of worship to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school shooting by ringing their bells 26 times — once for each of the victims killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary …
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The two youngest members of the U.S. Senate are co-sponsoring a bill aimed at lowering college costs that includes withholding federal funds from schools that don't meet affordability and quality standards.