NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Spring has sprung, and with it comes the risk of more traffic jams out on the roadways.
“Things are really starting to pick up now in the State of Connecticut with DOT activities. You have town DPW activities, and then you also have pretty significant utility activities taking place all around the state,” said DOT spokesperson Kevin Nursick.
Peak road work season began April 1st and will run through November. With thousand of miles of state roads and highways and more than 4,000 bridges statewide, DOT says the work is never done. This year alone they will pave more than 200 miles of roads.
“Catch basins and the utility covers are all gonna be sticking up out of the roadway surface. They will be signed and marked appropriately. Folks are going to need to reduce their speeds in those areas. This is all going to be laid out very clearly with sign patterns,” said Nursick.
At the Highway Operations Center in Newington, staff is in place 24 hours a day, every day of the year. There they monitor more than 300 traffic cameras across the state. Any traffic issues are reported on their website in real time.
“We’re still on schedule, if not slightly ahead of schedule, to finish by the end of this year, this fall,” said Domenic LaRosa, Assistant District Engineer for the project.
Before construction wraps up, LaRosa says drivers should be aware there are still a few lane shifts and pattern changes coming in the next several months.
“Be careful of the work zones and the workers out there because we still have a lot of work to do. So, drive through the speed limit that’s reduced in the area and adhere to that and everybody be safe because that’s our main goal,” said LaRosa.