An off-ramp bridge for northbound Exit 8 on Interstate 95 in downtown Stamford is being replaced, and this weekend the ramp and stretches of various nearby streets downtown will be closed as some of the work gets done, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced.
The closures start at 9 p.m. on Friday and continue through 6 a.m. on Monday and affect parts of South State Street, Atlantic Street and the Exit 8 ramp for traffic leaving I-95 North. The area is near the Stamford Railroad Station.
Ongoing work for the project is expected to continue until mid-June 2018.
Here’s ConnDOT’s announcement:
To accommodate construction of the new I-95 Exit 8 off-ramp bridge over Atlantic Street — between April 21, through April 24 — South State Street, Atlantic Street and the Northbound Exit 8 off-ramp in Stamford will be closed. Traffic will be detoured around the construction area. Closures will be in effect from 9 p.m., April 21, through 6 a.m., April 24.
South State Street will be closed between Guernsey Avenue and Canal Street. Atlantic Street will be closed between North State Street and Dock Street. In addition, the exit 8 northbound off-ramp will be closed. Detours will be in effect to divert motorists and pedestrians around the construction area.
The project consists of improvements to the Interstate 95, Exit 8 off-ramp and to the adjacent areas along Atlantic Street and South State Street in Stamford. This project will improve the lane configuration along South State Street and provide a more efficient traffic flow exiting I-95 as well as improve the drainage in the area. The work will require temporary off-ramp lane reductions for the construction of the new Exit 8 Flyover Bridge and retaining walls along the I-95 corridor between Atlantic Street and Canal Street.
The closures will be used to minimize the duration of traffic impacts and to expedite the associated work involved in lowering the intersection of Atlantic street at South State Street in anticipation of steel construction for the new off ramp bridge. This “intermediate roadway lowering” is required to allow for the legal 13’-6” vertical clearance required for truck traffic.
DOT Project No. 0135-0326 was awarded to Yonkers Contracting Co., Inc. on Jan. 15, 2016 for $33,881,217.09 with an official start date of Feb. 8, 2016 and is anticipated to be complete in June 2018.