DOT’s next big job is I-84 in Hartford

A section of I-84 through Downtown Hartford, Oct. 14, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Work on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven still has a way to go, but the Department of Transportation is already looking ahead to its next big project: I-84 in Hartford.

DOT officials say once work on the Q Bridge wraps, the next step will be replacing the elevated highway through Hartford. That part of the road is the busiest section of highway in the state. According to the project’s website, more than 175,000 vehicles pass over it daily. That’s three times its capacity.

Later this morning the DOT will meet with city business leaders to share the plan for that work.

I-84 was built 50 years ago and the elevated portions are now reaching the end of their lifespan. Actual construction on I-84 may start in 2020.

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