Folks who drive I-84 in Waterbury are used to construction and delays. There was the whole widening project to the east of downtown, now comes a whole new project starting Monday night.
By this time Tuesday you’re not going to be able to do what we are about to do, which is take the exit 19 off ramp from I-84 westbound onto Route 8. Then Tuesday morning it’s the Exit 20 ramp. On different nights this week, those ramps are going to be closed, but just during the overnight hours.
It’s all part of a $153 million project designed to upgrade the Mixmaster, that’s the series of ramps and bridges connecting I-84, Route 8 and the surface streets of downtown Waterbury.
The plan they have is is to keep as many of the roads and ramps open as possible by doing a lot of the work underneath the bridges.
“We’re gonna install platform decking underneath the 84 deck and that’s for access to allow the workers to get underneath and fix the structural steel and concrete and that’s going to require detours,” said John Dunham, Connecticut Department of Transporation.
That is what is happening during the overnights this week – installing that decking as well as changing the configuration of some lanes and changing some signs as well. The project as a whole should last about 6 months, and during that time you are going to see some lane closures, especially in the overnight hours.
The idea is to pick everything up before the morning rush hour begins.
But if you go to work really early like I do, then you may be impacted by those lane closures. The ramp closures are just for the next week, ending by 6 a.m. on weekdays, a little later on Saturday and Sunday.