NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- There are going to be some major traffic changes on I-95 in New Haven at the end of the month when the new Pearl Harbor Memorial "Q-Bridge" will open to both directions of traffic.
Up until now, only the northbound lanes have been open on the new bridge. State and local emergency responders came together Tuesday to plan for July 26th: the weekend the old Q-Bridge will close for good.
"So in a sense it's the retirement of the old Q-Bridge. That's a pretty historic moment right," asked News 8's Ali Reed.
"Yes it is. It's like decommissioning the bridge. We've already begun demolishing part of the bridge, so it will allow us to finish that process off," said Brian Mercure, CT DOT Asst. District Engineer.
On July 26 they're going to be moving all of the southbound I-95 traffic onto the new Q-Bridge. Until this point, the southbound lanes have been on the old Q-Bridge.
"The thing to know right now is we are not closing the roads off to the traveling public," said Mercure. "We will maintain lanes of traffic that will get people through, there will be signs of alternate routes."
Traffic on I-91 and certain on/off ramps will be affected, they'll have extra state and local police on hand to help with the flow of traffic.
"We get feedback from them so that we can now fine tune it a little bit better, talk about alternate routes, things we need to consider," Mercure said. "And then we put the information out to the public and let them know what's going to happen over the next couple of weeks."
The entire project is expected to be completed in 2016, at which point there will be 5 lanes in each direction.
They're running about 6 weeks ahead of schedule, saving the state about $8 million.
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