HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Drivers who head through Hartford every morning may experience an easier commute starting Wednesday.

A new exit opened on Interstate 91.

Officials spoke about it during a news conference on Tuesday:

State officials cut the ribbon on a new I-91 north exit in Hartford that should ease some of the rush hour traffic congestion.

The news is expected to lead to the rejoicing of thousands of drivers, as the project should significantly ease congestion in this area.

According to transportation officials, the project created a new exit 29 along I-91 north.

Currently, it’s a right-hand exit.

As of Wednesday morning, however, drivers will begin exiting to the left.

That section of highway, which connects I-91 to routes 5 and 15, and Interstate 84 east, can get very congested during the morning and evening commutes.

The state Department of Transportation said around 80,000 drivers get caught in it every day.

As of Wednesday, there will be a two-lane exit ramp which leads right to the Charter Oak Bridge. 

A new exit opened on Interstate 91.in Hartford.

For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map here.

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