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West Haven protests closing of I-95 exit closing

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WEST HAVEN, CT (AP) -

West Haven officials say state plans to eliminate Exit 44 on Interstate 95 south will make it harder for the city to attract business.

The New Haven Register reports that city officials say there wasn't adequate notice or opportunity for comment.

Mayor Edward O'Brien said a direct route helps future development and by taking away the exit the state eliminates West Haven's ability to sell itself.

Brian Mercure, assistant district engineer with the state Department of Transportation, says the main reason to eliminate exit 44 is its close proximity to exit 45. It forces entering and exiting vehicles to move on and off too closely.

He says construction will begin in February but he didn't know when the exit will close. The project is expected to end in 2018.

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