I-95 lane closures causing significant delays - WFSB 3 Connecticut


I-95 lane closures causing significant delays

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Bridge construction will close lanes on Interstate 95 in Waterford starting on Monday (WFSB) Bridge construction will close lanes on Interstate 95 in Waterford starting on Monday (WFSB)

Thousands of drivers were impacted on Tuesday morning after some lanes were closed on Interstate 95 in Waterford, due to bridge construction.

The state Department of Transportation said it is implementing 34-hour lane closures on the northbound side of the highway.

The DOT said I-95 north over Oil Mill Road will have one lane closed until Wednesday. It will happen again Aug. 29 through 31.

You can expect Significant backups on Tuesday.

The DOT said the project consists of four slides. A half of each of the two bridges will be slid into place during the closures.

The first slide started on Monday night and will wrap up by Wednesday at 6 a.m. The second will start on Aug. 29, also at 8 p.m., and finish at 6 a.m. on Aug. 31.

The slides will require one of the two lanes of traffic to be closed for the duration of the 34 hours, according to the DOT.

It recommended that drivers seek alternate routes.

Third and fourth slides are slated for October, the DOT said.

"There's never a good time to do stuff like that, but there are definitely better times do that construction and hopefully they'll take a look at that," said Brian Murzyn of Stonington. 

Drivers told Eyewitness News that the delays were not as long as expected on Tuesday morning.  

"In my opinion it should be done at nighttime," driver Rod Albert said. 

Drivers said they like the idea of a wider road in this area, but are not looking forward to using one lane Tuesday, Tuesday night and again next week. 

"It's going to be a nightmare," driver Cynthia Dell said. 

To detour the traffic delays, drivers can take I-395 northbound to Route 85 southbound back onto I-95 northbound. 

For real-time traffic updates, check the WFSB traffic page here.

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