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Harbor Crossing project likely to impact traffic on I-95 in New Haven this weekend

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Lanes will be shifting on I-95 north in New Haven this weekend. (DOT photo) Lanes will be shifting on I-95 north in New Haven this weekend. (DOT photo)
Before the traffic shift. Before the traffic shift.
After the lane shifts in New Haven. After the lane shifts in New Haven.

Drivers traveling on Interstate 95 in New Haven should expect delay and detours this weekend.

The Department of Transportation said they are shifting the on-ramp to Interstate 91 northbound with the changeover happening on Friday night. 

Crews worked overnight into Friday morning on the major state highway improvement project that will impact I-95 northbound travelers.

Caution signs and orange lights slowed traffic as the lanes narrowed. 

Crews will return Friday night. Currently, if drivers want to get to Interstate-91 from I-95, they have to exit on the far left. The traffic is being shifted so that they'll exit on the right.

It's the start of what's known as the Harbor Crossing corridor improvement program. The goal is to make it easier to switch interstate highways and give drivers more room to do so.

"Originally when the center change and q bridge was built, it was designed for 40,000 vehicles a day," Domenic LaRosa with the Connecticut DOT said. "Now we're in upwards of up to/over 150,000 vehicles per day traveling through this interchange."

This I-95 project is part of the more 50 construction projects happening right now on state highways.

Workers will close several exits overnight and at some point between midnight to seven tomorrow morning, drivers should expect a twenty minute stoppage between the off ramps to Ella Grasso Boulevard and Long Wharf Drive. It should be all finished by 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

"Engineers, I have a lot of confidence in the engineers that we employee in our country, usually things work out," Robbie O'Rourke, of New Hampshire, said. 

Overnight work wrapped up Friday morning in the area of Long Wharf Drive's off-ramp and the off-ramp to Route 34. Crews said they'll pick it up again at 11 p.m., and go through 8 a.m. Saturday. 

Further delays early Saturday as crews work on the Route 34 on-ramp and the exit 50 off ramp from I-95 north.

While drivers might not like the delays, DOT officials said summer is this is construction season, so they have to get these projects done. The hope is by doing this project at night and the impact will be minimal.

For lane shift and closure details, click here.

Information about the project itself can be found here.

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