Meeting - 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. The meeting will be
held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the City of New Haven, Hall of Records
Building (Room G2), 200 Orange Street, New Haven, Connecticut. 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 David.Cutler@ct.gov .
All persons interested in this project
are welcome to attend this meeting and discuss the project with Department
Location: City of New Haven, Hall of Records Building (Room G2), 200 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510
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