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Viaduct revamp would ease I-84 traffic in Hartford

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Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to revamp the I-84 viaduct in Hartford. (WFSB photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to revamp the I-84 viaduct in Hartford. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The governor wants to speed up traffic on one of the busiest stretches of highway in the state.

Gov. Dannel Malloy held a news conference in Hartford on Monday to share his ideas on revamping the Interstate 84 Hartford viaduct, an area he said is in an advanced state of deterioration.

Malloy said the 50-year-old roadway sees more than 175,000 vehicles per day. It was built with 55,000 vehicles in mind.

The area in question is approximately 2 1/2 miles long and includes 4 1/2 miles of viaduct structures. It has a total deck area of about 30 acres, according to Malloy.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation spent approximately $60 million over a 10-year span to rehabilitate some of the bridges in the corridor. Nearly the same amount has been set to maintain the bridges over the next three to five years.

Malloy said he's looking at a few options, including lowering the highway itself.

However, he said the idea is still in the planning phase under the National Environmental Policy Act.

"We're going to go after every funding plan we can go after but first we've got to have a plan," Malloy said.

Malloy said during this initial phase, a number of things will be addressed. Officials will look at structural deficiencies and traffic operational and safety deficiencies.

He said there's poor interchange spacing in the area, left hand ramps and the corridor averages nearly two crashes per day. Sections also have accident rates of four times higher than the state average.

Officials will also look at improving the movement of people and goods through the corridor as well as connecting pedestrian and bicycle routes.

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