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Malloy: Waterbury I-84 widening project ahead of schedule

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I-84 in Waterbury. (WFSB file photo) I-84 in Waterbury. (WFSB file photo)

State officials announced the Interstate 84 widening project in Waterbury is ahead of schedule. 

According to the state, Connecticut drivers spend about 42 hours sitting in traffic in our every year. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker  held news conference at a construction side in Waterbury.

"The time for ignoring our problems is over," Malloy said. "What we need to do is maintain a level of investment that will allow us to catch up with other states and surpass them." 

The widening began last spring between the areas of Washington Street and Pierpont Road.

The goal has been to create a third lane in each direction to ease traffic congestion in the area. In addition to that, some sharp curves will be corrected and exit ramps will be redone.

"Today I am excited to announce that this project is now 10 months ahead of schedule. 10 months ahead of schedule for a project that only began last year," Malloy said. "This is the result of the dedication of more than 250 people hard at work on this project." 

Work is expected to be completed in 2020, according to transportation officials. However, the project is ahead of schedule because of the warm weather we have been enjoying. 

As of today, the timeline for completing this project has been moved up from June 2020 to Summer 2019," Malloy said. "At that point, we will have three continuous lanes of traffic running in each direction."  

It's something many drivers said they appreciate, but for now they'll just have to be patient as they sit in traffic. 

"There's no real way to avoid it," truck driver Joey Dimauro said. 

The governor was asked since it's ahead of schedule does that mean it will save taxpayers money, his response was it's on budget. 

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