The Department of
Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Information Meeting
concerning the Heroes Tunnel, Project No. 167-108, Route 15 through the West
Rock Ridge in the towns of Woodbridge, Hamden and the City of New Haven. An open forum for individual discussions with
Department officials will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation
at 7:00 p.m.
This project is identified as State Project No. 167-108 and is
included in Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s “Let’s Go CT” transportation plan to
invest in transportation infrastructure.
Heroes Tunnel, also known as Bridge No. 00773, consists of twin 1,200 foot long
horseshoe-shaped tunnels, carrying two lanes of Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway)
traffic in each direction through the West Rock Ridge. The Heroes Tunnel
carries approximately 71,000 vehicles daily and is a vital scenic connector
between New York and Hartford, as well as an alternate expressway route to
Interstates 95 and 91.
and drainage deficiencies have been identified within the Heroes Tunnel. The general deterioration necessitates either
rehabilitation or replacement. In
addition to the deteriorating condition of the tunnel, other characteristics
are substandard such as the electrical and mechanical utilities, all of which
would be upgraded or improved through this project.
Department has retained CDM Smith, Inc., a consulting firm with offices in New
Haven, to lead the project through design.
The project team recently completed a Preliminary Engineering Study
where several rehabilitation alternatives were identified, including variations
of tunnel rehabilitation, tunnel widening, and construction of a new third
this initial study complete, the next phase will focus on environmental
documentation, stakeholder (area residents, public officials, commuters, or
anyone else who wishes to be involved with this project) engagement, and
preliminary design. Design alternatives will be reassessed with consideration
given to stakeholder comments. To keep
the public informed, the project team anticipates
launching a website and hosting a series of additional public meetings in the
This Public Information Meeting is being held to continue
stakeholder participation and to allow open discussion of any views and
comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.
Department personnel will be available during
the meeting to discuss this project.
More detailed information is available at Department’s Office of
Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut during office hours,
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Anyone
wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. David Cutler at (860) 594-3210
or by e-mail at David.Cutler@ct.gov.
All persons interested in this project are
welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department