The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Informational Meeting concerning the proposed reconstruction of Interchange 33 on Interstate 95 on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street, Stratford, 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.
The project is identified as State Project No. 138-240.
The purpose of the project is to enhance access to I-95 and local roadways by providing a full “diamond” interchange at Exit 33 on I-95 in Stratford. Currently, Exit 33 is a partial diamond interchange consisting of a northbound (NB) off-ramp and a southbound (SB) on-ramp. It is proposed to construct a new NB on-ramp and a new SB off-ramp at this location. The new NB on-ramp would begin at the NB Ferry Boulevard/NB U.S. Route 1 intersection on the south side of I-95 and the new SB off-ramp would connect with Veterans Boulevard on the north side of I-95. The bridge carrying I-95 over East Main Street would be widened to accommodate the new NB on-ramp/acceleration lane. The additional ramps would relieve congestion at Exits 32 and 34, and eliminate the current need for motorists to travel additional miles on local streets in heavy traffic to access the next closest interchange in Milford or the center of Stratford.
Additional improvements to improve traffic operations at the project site include widening the existing NB off-ramp to add a second travel lane; constructing a raised median between
NB Ferry Boulevard and the NB off-ramp to reduce potentially unsafe weaving patterns; and installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of the new SB off-ramp with Veterans Boulevard.
Right-of-way impacts associated with the proposed project are not anticipated. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 based on the availability of funding. The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $22 million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with Federal and State funds.
The Public Informational Meeting is 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 proposed project.
The meeting facility is ADA accessible. Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Office of Communications (voice only) at (860) 594-3062 at least five (5) working 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.
Preliminary concept drawings of the proposed project will be on display for public review. Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the Department’s 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 Ms. Susan M. Libatique at (860) 594-3179 or by e-mail at Susan.Libatique@ct.gov. Plans are also available for review at the Stratford Town Hall (Town Clerk’s Office).