I-84 construction project begins today, traffic expected

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– If you’ve taken a trip to Waterbury along interstate 84 you know there is a good chance you will be stuck in traffic.

“If you don’t plan appropriately you’re late for whatever you’re doing,” said motorist Khristy Long.

Several DOT roadwork projects are shifting traffic flow, creating congestion and building the tensions of motorists as fast as orange cones can be put up. The situation it seems won’t be getting better anytime soon. On Monday, the DOT will begin a new project that involves the demolition of the Hamilton Avenue Bridge’s superstructure.

Related: Public meeting planned for Waterbury I-84 project

From 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. there will also be lane closures. For businesses in the area, the amount of work that has already been done has forced some businesses to suffer and now some are concerned it will only get worse.

“You get right on the highway and you come to a dead halt and even though you have allow 20 minutes to get here, it could take an hour. So either we have to figure out some alternate routes, but then again everyone else is going to do that too, so all the side roads are going to be back up. So we’re not looking forward to it,” said Rick Descoteaux, a bartender at Brass City Bistro.

Also near there Hamilton Avenue bridge, the DOT has posted rock blasting will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

If you would like to have your voice heard about the work the DOT is doing on interstate 84 a public listening session will be held August 1st at the Brooklyn Baking Company in Waterbury.

Below are all of the specifics outlined by the Connecticut Department of Transportation:

Placement of temporary barrier along shoulder of I-84. (night)
Demolition of existing superstructure of Hamilton Avenue Bridge, with lane closures Monday through Friday, from 9:30 PM to 6:00 AM. (night)
Removal of metal beam rail, begin excavation – I-84 median Harpers Ferry Road to Austin Road.
Construction of retaining wall 104 south of EB 23 on ramp.

I-84 EB/EB 25 off ramp
Excavate and construct roadway west of Hamilton Avenue.
Place fill for new portion of I-84 (off-line) west of Harpers Ferry Road.

Bridge 5774 (New I-84 over Mad River – eastern crossing)
Installation of cofferdam for construction of western abutment.

Local Roads
Hamilton Avenue Vicinity

Continue demolition of western portion of existing bridge; traffic has been shifted on bridge over I-84 to the east. Three lanes of traffic to be maintained with one thru lane in each direction and a left-turn lane from Hamilton Avenue SB to the I-84 EB on ramp. (night)
Construct northern abutment of new bridge (western portion).
Retaining wall 112 construction along EB Exit 23 off ramp.
Plank Road

Detour in place between Harpers Ferry Road and White Oak Lane.
Water and sewer work to continue.
Continue to install sand bags in Mad River to divert water and allow widening of river channel.
Reidville Drive

Sewer work
One lane closed intermittently with alternating traffic.
Excavation and trucking of materials.
Pedestrian Bridge Across Mad River
Continue construction of pedestrian bridge across Mad River south of Hamilton Park.

Jacking of Sewer Pipe Under I-84
Continue jacking of new sewer pipe under I-84, east of Hamilton Avenue.

Rock Blasting
Rock blasting to occur along I-84 EB Exit 23 off ramp and I-84 WB near Hamilton Avenue Bridge, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
Rock blasting to occur along Reidville Drive, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
Traffic stoppages on I-84, Hamilton Ave., Harpers Ferry Road and Reidville Drive to be implemented at time of blasts for safety reasons.

Waste Stockpile Area (WSA)
Trucking of controlled materials from WSA on Route 322 at Exit 28 to disposal facility.

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