HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The I-91 north interchange to I-84 east, just south of Hartford has been a real-life traffic nightmare. But starting Wednesday, that will hopefully change.
“There’s always congestion and often times accidents in this area,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
Navigating from Wethersfield through Hartford, then east of the river will get a lot easier come Wednesday morning. This $240 million newly built exit ramp will help some 80,000 drivers connect to Routes 5, 15, and I-84 east.
“I’ve got a lt. governor and a governor that use our highways extensively and let me know when that traffic is creeping up,” said Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti.
This old connection has been a key source of traffic causing some 200 crashes a year.
The new bridge provides access to the Charter Oak Bridge. The new exit 29 off I-91 had to be doubly reinforced to be safe for countless big rigs. The pandemic canceled a host of transportation projects. But officials say this one is ahead of time.
“To all the guys in the yellow safety vests, you’re the guys who did all the work. We owe you an incredible gratitude over this last year. What a hell of a year it’s been and here we are opening up this way,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.
Transportation officials say this work is going to continue through October 22. They’re going to be expanding this into another lane.