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Detours, Delays On Tap For Bridge Replacement Project On I-95 In Stamford

March 11, 2019 - 11:18 am

STAMFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont treveled to Stamford to announce a bridge replacement project on Interstate 95 that will lead to detours and delays.

Mark it on your calendar: the weekends of June 1-2 and June 8-9 avoid I-95 in Stamford.

Connecticut's Department of Transportation is prefabricating two bridge replacements for Route 1 on Interstate 95. On those two weekends, massive hydraulic lift trucks will slide them into place and there will be detours. 

The installation will require closing Route 1 between Courtland Avenue and Seaside Avenue, and traffic will be detoured from Route 1 to Courtland Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. Exit 9 off of I-95 in Stamford will also be closed.

 I-95 will be reduced to two lanes in both directions on both weekends beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and reopening by 5 a.m. on Monday morning.

“We are using an innovative construction method that will limit detours to two weekends,” said Deputy DOT Commissioner Anna Barry. “If traditional construction methods were used on this project, motorists would face delays for two years.” 

Lamont says this is just one of many structurally deficient bridges in the state.

"We have 50-, 80-, 100-year-old infrstructure in the state of Connecticut. We can't put this off any longer," Lamont said. 

The announcement follows the governor's recent appearances to boost his call for electronic tolls to fund state transportation projects and fix critical infrstructure. 

"If tolls aren't passed they're gonna do what we did for the last generation -- kick the can down the road, hope somebody else takes care of it, maybe borrow, borrow, borrow. I'm not going to let that happen," Lamont said.

Last week, the governor said private investors could be brought on board to help the state build an E-ZPass collection system.

Republican lawmakers are opposed to tolls and the debate continues in the legislature.

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