These latest lane shifts are connected to the replacement of the West River Bridge on Interstate 95 southbound, as motorists leave the Long Wharf section of New Haven and cross the border into West Haven. These major lane shifts come just one month after officials changed the 95 northbound lanes on Long Wharf; reversing the lanes for I-95 and I-91 after 60 years.Related Content: Delays expected as New Haven traffic shift begins
The changes will take place Friday night, August 19th, through Saturday night, August 20th. All travel lanes on I-95 southbound will be shifted across the new bridge over the West River. The work includes the following steps:
- Elimination of the I-95 southbound traffic split prior to Exit 44
- Installation of advance warning signs
- Re-painting of the traffic lanes
- Removal and installation of overhead signs
- Installation and relocation of precast concrete barrier curb
Officials with the Connecticut DOT issued the following lane closures and detour information for motorists traveling on I-95 this weekend.
- Route 34 ramp to I-95 SB will be diverted to I-95 NB to Exit 50 at which point traffic will turn left and enter onto I-95 SB.
- I-95 SB on-ramp traffic from Sargent Drive at Interchange 46 will be diverted to Howard Avenue, then onto Sea Street, which leads Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and the on-ramp to I-95 Southbound at Interchange 44.
- I-95 SB Exit 44 off-ramp traffic to Ella T. Grasso Boulevard will be diverted to Exit 43 and then back onto I-95 NB and the off-ramp at I-95 NB Exit 44 to Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
DOT officials say motorists should be aware that changes to the schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity, and to expect delays this weekend.