Drivers react to major traffic shift now in effect in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A major traffic shift that’s been in the works for quite some time along I-95 in New Haven is now in effect. The original traffic pattern was in place for the last 60 years. As you can imagine, it’s causing some confusion on the roads.

There are now bright orange signs on I-95 letting drivers know where to go. Drivers we spoke with Saturday say that made following the new traffic pattern easier.

The new traffic pattern went into effect Saturday morning. Exit 48, which is the on ramp to I-91 north, is now on the right side of I-95. And drivers now stay to the left instead of the right to continue north on I-95.

Related: Delays expected as New Haven traffic shift begins

Crews worked overnight the past two nights getting ready for the shift, putting up new signs and moving the lanes. There were lane and ramp closures and drivers as well as delays.

But despite all the work that had to be done, crews were able to wrap up construction and put the new traffic pattern into effect on time. It was all done by 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

People who drove on I-95 northbound say it was different and it will take some getting used to. The change meant they were even more careful to pay attention to where they were going .And they said those orange signs helped.

Related: What to expect during I-95/I-91 interchange traffic shift

“There are big signs right there that say 91 north only. It keeps going all the way down. So unless you’re really not even thinking about where you’re driving, would be the only way that you could miss it,” said Vanessa Lopez.

The Department of Transportation said overall things went pretty smoothly overnight, though there were three minor car accidents.

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