The Connecticut Department of Transportation
(Department) will conduct two (2) Public Informational Meetings concerning the
proposed Relocation of I-91 NB Interchange 29 and Widening of I-91 NB &
Route 15 NB to I-84 East. The first will
be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in the Hartford Public Works Department, Keith
Chapman Conference Room (2nd Floor) located at 50 Jennings Road, Hartford, CT
06120. The second, a repeat of the first
meeting, will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Raymond Library, 840
Main Street, East Hartford, CT. 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.
The project is identified as State Project No.
The purpose of the project is to address
safety concerns associated with congestion and operational deficiencies at the
I-91 northbound Interchange 29, which routinely experiences significant traffic
delays and above average crash frequency.
Much of this can be attributed to the steep vertical grade and
single-lane configuration of the ramp, the heavy traffic weave on the Charter
Oak Bridge, and the near capacity volumes on I-91.
The proposed improvements include widening
I-91 northbound to extend the four-lane travel section from Interchange 27 to
Interchange 29 to relieve congestion, address significant safety concerns, and
provide an efficient I-91 to I-84 connection. It is also proposed to remove the existing
ramp at I-91 northbound Interchange 29 and provide a major diverge south of the
I-91 bridge over Route 15 to address the existing adverse vertical grade and
limited capacity of the existing ramp.
The new I-91 diverge will consist of three lanes to the right,
maintaining I-91 traffic (existing condition), and two lanes to the left,
conveying traffic to Route 15 northbound via a new structure over Route 15
southbound. The existing pavement
markings on the Charter Oak Bridge will be modified to accommodate the
additional northbound lane from I-91.
Additional improvements include widening of Route 15 northbound to three
travel lanes, from the Charter Oak Bridge to the Silver Lane underpass, to
address congestion concerns on Route 15 and allow a more desirable distance
from Interchange 29 on I-91 to merge from three travel lanes to two prior to
its merge with I-84 East. The existing
noise barrier walls on Route 15 northbound will need to be relocated to account
for the road widening. Noise barrier
walls could potentially be added to Route 15 southbound from the Silver Lane
on-ramp to the bridge over Main Street.
There are right-of-way impacts associated
with the proposed improvements to allow for drainage easements and temporary
Construction is anticipated to begin in
spring 2018, based on the availability of funding. The estimated construction cost for this
project is approximately $287 million. This
project is anticipated to be undertaken with eighty percent (80%) Federal Funds
and twenty percent (20%) State funds.
The Public Informational Meetings are being
held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open
discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this
The meeting facilities are ADA
accessible. Language assistance may be
requested by contacting the Departmentís Office
of Communications (voice only) at (860) 594-3062 at least five (5) business
days prior to the meeting.
Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public, and efforts
will be made to respond to requests for assistance.
Plans of the proposed project will be on
display for public review. Department
personnel will be available during the meetings to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the
Departmentís Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington,
Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00
p.m., excluding holidays. Anyone wishing
to discuss the project may contact Susan M. Libatique at (860) 594-3179 or by
e-mail at email@example.com. Plans are also available for review at the Permitting
Office in the Hartford Department of Public Works and at the Engineering
Department at the East Hartford Town Hall.