Have you noticed how terrible our traffic is lately? Not just in comparison to the empty roads and blue skies during the pandemic lockdown, but even compared to pre-COVID times. The rush hour on Interstate 95 starts earlier and runs later, pretty much all day long. The increased volume is due in large part to the return to the office but by car, not mass transit (where ridership is still only 50% of the good old days). If there were easy answers to this congestion, they’d have been implemented by now.
Nobody likes the idea of paying tolls. But they’re coming back to Connecticut and state lawmakers should be honest with us and tell us why. We are running out of money for the Special Transportation Fund. That’s the reason. None of the re-funding alternatives are attractive: vehicle miles tax, sales tax, gas tax and yes, tolls.
For anyone who ever drives onto Interstate 91 from Interstate 95 in New Haven, the lanes are changing: Starting Saturday, if you’re going to I-91, you’ll be exiting I-95N from the right lane to Exit 48. To continue on I-95, you’ll be using the highway’s two left lanes, the way a Interstate highway normally works, but for the first time at this spot. And until GPS systems are updated, they won’t be of any help to you. It will be a big difference from using the old I-91 entrance via the left side of I-95 North. This illustration from the DOT posted by state Sen. Bob Duff on Facebook shows the change as seen from the highway:
If you just pay attention to the highway signs near the interchange, that may be enough for you to avoid problems (although highway signs can get screwed up, too).
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that I-95 Exits 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 on and off ramps will be closed on various dates between Nov. 13 and 30, to allow for ramps milling and paving operations. _________
— An announcement from the Connecticut Department of Transportation
This work is part of the pavement preservation project along I-95. The project begins at Exit 10 (Norton Avenue) and ends at Exit 15 (U.S. Route 7) in both the northbound and southbound directions. The project consists of micro milling 2.5 inches of the wearing surface and replacing it with 3 inches of polymer modified asphalt. Also, replacement of the top 2 inches of the wearing surface on all ramps within the project limits. CTDOT Project No.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, citing a new study, says widening state highways, including Interstate 95 in Darien, would cost billions but help the state’s economy. Interstate 95, frequently congested in lower Fairfield County, could be widened from the New York to the Rhode Island borders at a cost of $10.7 billion and take a decade to complete, Malloy said, citing the study. “According to the CTDOT [state Department of Transportation], adding a lane in each direction on I-95 across southern Connecticut will produce $15.5 billion in new business sales, add $9 billion to Connecticut’s gross state product, and add $6.3 billion in new wage income to workers,” Malloy’s office said in a news release. “The widening itself will cost $10.7 billion, according to CTDOT’s estimates, and support between 11,000 and 19,000 construction jobs over a 10-year ramp-up period.” On Wednesday, a 3 p.m. accident at Exit 14 on I-95, only a couple of miles from Darien, slowed the southbound-traffic lanes of the highway dramatically for hours — all three lanes of the highway weren’t back in operation until 9 p.m.
One side or the other of the highway is generally congested in this area during morning commuting times, nearly all afternoon each weekday and for long periods on weekends as well.
The ongoing repaving project on Interstate 95 in Darien and Norwalk will result in ramp closures from Exit 10 to Exit 15, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, starting Oct. 1 (today). The closures will take place at ramps on both the northbound and southbound sides of the highway (which, in Connecticut, are actually eastbound and westbound). The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the ramp closures. Here’s the announcement:
Nighttime ramp closures will be required along I-95 in Darien and Norwalk to accommodate a roadway resurfacing project beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015.
The left lanes on both the northbound- and southbound-traffic sides of Interstate 95 in Darien will be closed Monday for stretches between Exits 11 and 14 in Darien and Norwalk, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced. The lane closures are for bridge inspections, according to the announcement from the department. They’re scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Expect delays if you’re traveling on Interstate 95 in Norwalk overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation warns. Lane closures — sometimes one lane, sometimes two — will be in effect at times from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for traffic going in both directions, the department said in an announcement. For “northbound” (actually, eastbound) traffic the lane closures will take place between Exits 13 and 15. For “southbound” (westbound) traffic, lanes will be closed between Exit 17 in Westport and Exit 14 in Norwalk. The reason: “bridge inspections.”