Mixmaster repairs, lane closures impact commuters in Waterbury

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Waterbury area commuters are dealing with some extra headaches because of work being done on the highway interchange known as the ‘Mixmaster.’

When some Brass City drivers hear the word Mixmaster they think..

“Craziness. My daughter says she wishes her relationship lasted as long as the I-84 construction,” said Tammy Oliveira, Waterbury.

And like a bad ex-boyfriend, this new lane closure is sticking around.

“It can be annoying yeah, like anywhere else, but they have to do the repairs,” said Royal Moore, Waterbury.

Royal Moore is right because of construction work. You will see orange barrels shutting down a lane on Route 8 South starting at 6 in the morning until 8 at night.

And this isn’t just for this week or month. It’s not slated to reopen until September 2022.

“Oh no. Two years? Oh that’s crazy. It’s just too much. It’s been years since they’ve been doing this and it needs to get done,” said Oliveira.

Also, keep in mind drivers are dealing with the 84’s Exit 19 off ramp shut down, as well as the Bank Street on ramp that’s closed for business.

All of it is part of the more than $150 million project to revamp these bridges and hopefully bring a better relationship to commuters and the streets they tackle everyday.

“Anytime safety is involved you have to look beyond the inconvenience you know?” said Moore.

We found this sign on the ground, it says ‘Construction Zone do not enter’ and that’s what DOT officials are hoping, you just avoid this mess and find another route to avoid congestion.

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