All of you shoreline travelers can take a huge breath of relief — the roadwork on the West River Bridge is now over. The northbound side will be reopening today, while the southbound side reopened a few weeks ago. Now, if you regularly travel this stretch on I-95, you know very well that this roadwork caused a lot of congestion and traffic jams.
The 1,000 foot long bridge was built in 1958. With over 135,000 daily commuters who cross the bridge daily, it is one of the most travelled bridges in the state of Connecticut.
The project began in 2014, according to an article on the New Haven Register entitled I-95 Bridge in Connecticut to Reopen after $141M Replacement. It was expected to be completed by November 2018, but was completed three months ahead of schedule.
The article went onto say that the article included installing three traffic lanes in each direction. The full shoulders, according to the article, were added to help “reduce lane closures in the event of an accident or police activity.”
However, that’s not the only area of work that the stretch of highway experienced. According to the Project Overview page on the West River Bridge website, some of the major items of work included: constructing drainage improvements, temporary trestles in the West River for access to pile supported pier locations, temporary highway construction to accommodate traffic shifts, and reconstructing highway approaches and exit ramps to access Ella Grasso Boulevard and Kimberly Avenue.
Additionally, the site says that the existing West River bridge was replaced as well.
The site also says that the completion of this bridge project will allow for “improved mobility” as well as continue “benefit the region for years to come.”
Therefore, it’s safe to say that travelling on I-95 has now become a lot easier.