Department of Transportation
Oct 18, 2017

Heroes Tunnel, Project No.167-108, Rt.15, West Rock Ridge, Woodbridge, Hamden, New Haven

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.


The 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.


Structural 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. 


The 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 barrel. 


With 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 coming months.


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

All persons interested in this project are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department personnel.


Location: Hamden Memorial Town Hall, 2370 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06518
This event is 19 miles from you (06111).

6:30 PM

Contact: David Cutler, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Phone: (860) 594-3210
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