With the Interstate 84 widening project in full swing, Connecticut's governor announced on Friday morning that the project remained ahead of schedule.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the plan of the widening project is "to expand the highway with an additional lane of travel in each direction in the area is currently 10 months."
“Now 10 months ahead of schedule, the DOT – along with its contractors and construction crews – continue to make progress. When the project is finally completed, this will make a big difference to not just the Waterbury area, but to residents statewide. As we enter new phases of the project, we’re continuing to deliver results for residents," Malloy said at a news conference at one of the rock-cut sites on Reidville Drive in Waterbury.
Malloy said there's also a number of safety improvements.
"We all agree that for too many decades, our state did not make the investments needed to ensure we maintained a modernized transportation system. Through projects like this one, we are finally taking bold steps towards making a best-in-class transportation system a reality. The growth of our economy depends on these kinds of major upgrades, and our residents deserve nothing less than an efficient, upgraded, and renewed infrastructure that advances progress, mitigates congestion, and creates jobs," Malloy said.
Malloy was joined by officials from the state Department of Transportation and Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, as well as other state and local officials at the news conference that happened at 11 a.m.
“While we continue to meet our construction milestones for the I-84 Waterbury Project, we’re definitely seeing real progress every day. And by sustaining this pace of work, and with the cooperation of the weather, we anticipate remaining ahead of schedule and on budget,” I-84 Waterbury District Engineer John S. Dunham said in a statement on Friday.
The governor's office said more than 250 onsite and offsite jobs in the Waterbury area.
Besides the addition of third travel lane, the project includes the following items:
Full width shoulders in each direction
Safety improvements from Washington Street, east to Pierpont Road in Waterbury
Realignment of the interstate roadway to eliminate the existing “S” curve alignment
Interchange ramp reconfiguration
State and local road construction
Relocation of the Mad River and Beaver Pond Brook
Construction/replacement of eight highway bridges (four over watercourses)
One pedestrian crossing over the Mad River
20 retaining walls
Sanitary sewer relocation
The replacement and upgrade of traffic signals, new highway illumination, new signs and pavement markings and replacing or relocating, potable water and other public utilities.
The project, which started construction on March 30, 2015, is scheduled for completion in June 2020.
More information on the whole project can be found on its website here.
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