NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Some major changes on the way for drivers in New Haven. The goal, to ease congestion and make driving in the elm city fast and painless.
The downtown commute in New Haven is changing courtesy of the downtown crossing project.
“New Haven is trying to reconnect its neighborhoods between the hills, the downtown, the medical district and our commercial corridors,” said Doug Hausladen, New Haven Director of Transportation, traffic & parking.
This week crews are working to convert George Street to a two-way street between State Street and Church Street.
On June 16th, the intersection of Orange Street and MLK Blvd. will be modified to eliminate the hairpin turn onto Water Street. Local traffic will be re-routed to George Street.
“The hairpin turn has some safety implications and we are going to be able to push more traffic onto Orange Street turning right directly,” said Hausladen.
The Route 34 Westbound Exit 2 off-ramp will be closed permanently. All traffic will use Exit 1, which will be widened to three lanes to accommodate traffic flow.
“That means that you no longer will you be able to get off of there at College Street. Everyone will be getting off at Route One and Church Street on Route 34,” said Hausladen.
Officials hope the changes will make driving conditions safer for commuters.
“As we’ve been growing in the downtown, we’ve been seeing a lot of traffic buildup and we are trying to alleviate some of those congestion points in our corridor here in downtown,” said Hausladen.
Keep in mind, these changes won’t show up on the GPS right away.
“This week everything is the same, your GPS will work but you will have new routes that won’t be on your GPS. Next week when Exit 1 closes the hairpin turn, that will be changes for a lot of commuters going to the train station,” said Hausladen.
For more information, you can visit the Downtown Crossing website newhavendowntowncrossing.com.