New Route 34 exit open

Traffic on the newly opened Exit 47 from I-95 S to Route 34 is seen to the left in this picture, taken June 17, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Department of Transportation opened a new ramp to Route 34 from I-95 southbound Tuesday morning, but delays angered some commuters.

The new Exit 47 is about a quarter mile further up the highway. Work to change the ramp was delayed about a week. The old exit was blocked off overnight, and will be demolished to continue construction of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.

ConnDOT rendering of the new location of the Exit 47 to Route 34 in New Haven.
ConnDOT rendering of the new location of the Exit 47 to Route 34 in New Haven.

During the height of the commute traffic was backed up into East Haven and Branford, and some blamed the delay on ConnDOT and the new exit configuration.

In a comment on WTNH News 8’s Facebook page, Karen Masulli Prete wrote “This was poor planning on DOT’s part the commute this morning has been an absolute nightmare. No consideration has been given to the impact on New Haven commuters.”

A Report It email from Ralph Rienzo complained “I95 south rt 34 off ramp closed and detoured to i91n. No signage or warnings. Traffic backed up into east haven”.

The DOT, in an email announcing the completion of the work this morning, said “to facilitate mobility through the work zone, motorists were assisted prior to and during the construction activities by advanced public notifications including: CTDOT Press Releases and ‘Construction Updates’ and ‘Construction News’ notices; statewide, municipal and public safety coordination; door-to-door contact with local businesses; placement of advanced and additional highway signing; and the use of state and local police officers.”

The ramp to I-91 north from I-95 south remains in place and in use, but will also eventually be moved.

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