Construction affecting Whitney Ave. intersection in New Haven

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A closed sign blocks part of Whitney Ave. in New Haven as construction begins on the Audubon St. Intersection, July 21, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Starting today drivers can expect some delays and changes on a section of Whitney Ave. in New Haven, but there are ways around the construction.

The intersection of Whitney Avenue and Audubon Street will be closed each day as part of a project to reduce speeding in that area and improve pedestrian traffic.

That will last from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closures will last until Friday.

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Sign attached to  a tree on Church St. warns drivers of detour around a section of Whitney Ave. in New Haven, July 21, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)
Sign attached to a tree on Church St. warns drivers of detour around a section of Whitney Ave. in New Haven, July 21, 2014. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)

What does that mean for drivers? Whitney Ave., normally a one-way street in that area, will temporarily become a two-way street between Grove St. and Audubon., and a two-way street between Audubon and Trumbull St. This way drivers can still reach the businesses in the area.

Since there is no access to Audubon St. from Whitney Ave., Audubon will also be a two-way street with access from Orange St.

To get around the construction, New Haven’s Transportation, Traffic, & Parking suggests drivers detour onto either Orange Street or Hillhouse and around Whitney.

“For drivers who would normally proceed north along the length of this segment of Whitney Avenue, the Department of TT&P recommends two alternate routes: Drivers can turn right on Wall Street from Church Street, left on Orange Street, and then left on Trumbull Street to return to Whitney Avenue. Alternatively, drivers can turn left at Church Street and Grove Street, proceed along Grove Street to Hillhouse Avenue, and then take a right on Trumbull Street to return to Whitney Avenue.”

The change also affects bus riders, becasue the bus stop at Grove and Witney has been temporarily removed.

image2 Construction affecting Whitney Ave. intersection in New Haven

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