With nearly 71,000 daily users, according to WTNH, the Heroes Tunnel gets a lot of traffic. And, with electrical issues and chunks of concrete coming down onto the roadway, it’s safe to say that it’s time that the monument got a little update.
Yesterday, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that there is talk about shutting down one side of the tunnel to be renovated. He also suggested blasting a third hole in the tunnel, so that way it can continue having four lanes of traffic.
The project, which is still in the design phase, isn’t set to begin until 2021.
As a commuter, I can see both pros and cons for the process. I hear about accidents at least once a week on the Wilbur Cross Parkway between the two exits on the tunnel. If this can be something that could help prevent those, than I am definitely on board for that.
Furthermore, the thought of concrete falling down on my car is just enough to keep me from using the parkway. That’s pretty dangerous, if you ask me. Therefore, I can definitely see the need for this construction.
But, with all of the budget issues going currently, I can’t help but wonder how much is this going to cost the state. This is something that is necessary seeing the high volume of traffic the parkway sees. However, with the state workers taking furlough days, hiring freezes in state agencies, and layoffs, I can’t even imagine how this is going to affect the state budget. Will we have to up our taxes even further, or cause more departments to be severely understaffed?
And, then there’s the question of how’s the road work going to affect traffic. The Parkway can get congested really easily. Seriously, one accident and you’re pretty much sitting in standstill traffic for at least an hour. Having only one lane open could cause some serious delays on top of those. And, with the way that people drive in Connecticut — let’s face it, we’re not the greatest drivers in the world — I can also predict that area will become an even bigger zone for accidents then it already is.
I don’t know about you all, but I’ll be staying off the Parkway until the construction is complete. In the meantime, I’ll be staying tuned to updates so I can plan my route accordingly.