I-84 west in Waterbury to close for 3 nights starting tonight at 11

January 30, 2018

I-84 westbound to close for three nights starting Tuesday

Detour from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at Exit 23 westbound

January 29, 2018



WATERBURY – Traffic on Interstate 84 will come to a halt at Exit 23 westbound at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the highway reopening at 5 a.m. each day.

The overnight closures will allow workers to install structural steel for the Hamilton Avenue Bridge, which is being reconstructed as part of the I-84 widening project.

The steel girders will support the deck on the east side of the bridge, which has been torn down and is currently being rebuilt.

Rather than close the entire Hamilton Avenue Bridge to traffic while it was reconstructed, crews built a new section on the west side of the bridge to carry traffic while the other side was demolished and rebuilt.

Now, as the old section is being rebuilt, crews will use a crane to swing steel girders, weighing between 16,800 and 38,000 pounds, into place. Some of the beams have already been installed, but the ones closest to the highway need to be installed when there is no traffic underneath.

“These spans are directly over westbound traffic and we can’t have traffic under them when we’re swinging them into place,” said Project Engineer Christopher Zukowski, of the state Department of Transportation.

The work is expected to be finished by 5 a.m. Thursday.

In case of inclement weather, the schedule may be extended.

To prepare for the nighttime closures, police and DOT crews will begin closing lanes at 9:30 p.m. each night. In the morning, there will be lane closures from 5 a.m. until the highway fully reopens at 6 a.m.

During the overnight closures, traffic will follow a detour route at Exit 23 westbound Traffic will go down the off-ramp, then turn right onto Hamilton Avenue. Drivers will continue straight onto Union Street, stay in their lanes and continue onto the entrance ramp to I-84 westbound towards Danbury.

The work is part of the DOT’s reconstruction and widening of a 2.7-mile stretch of I-84 between Washington Street and Pierpont Road. The contractor for the project is I-84 Constructors, is a joint venture between North Haven-based Empire Paving and Yonkers Contracting of New York.

The project cost is $320 million.