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Governor Lamont Announces Groundbreaking for Major Redesign of I-91, I-691 and Route 15 Interchange in Meriden

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06.11.2024

Governor Lamont Announces Groundbreaking for Major Redesign of I-91, I-691 and Route 15 Interchange in Meriden

The project will be one of the largest in Connecticut and is supported by President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill

(MERIDEN, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the second phase of construction of a major, three-phase project to redesign the Interstate 91, Interstate 691 and Route 15 interchange in Meriden.

The interchange is one of the busiest and most aging highway corridors in Connecticut. The redesign project, overseen by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is designed to reduce congestion and improve safety by removing dangerous warning signals, correcting road geometry and adding multi-lane exits. When completed in 2030, the project will include replacing and rehabilitating several bridges in the corridor and adding lanes to improve traffic flow.

It is supported by a combination of funds from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the bipartisan infrastructure bill) and state funds approved by the Lamont administration and the Connecticut General Assembly. This is one of the largest ongoing projects in Connecticut supported by President Joe Biden's landmark infrastructure investment law in the country.

“This interchange is consistently one of the busiest and most dangerous stretches of highway in Connecticut, and when President Biden announced his plans for historic investments to improve the nation’s infrastructure, I had this very project in Meriden in mind as the priority that can most benefit,” Governor Lamont said. “Redesigning this highway to improve safety and traffic flow is directly related to our ability to encourage businesses to locate, expand and create jobs in the region as it serves as a critical connector for passengers and freight, connecting key corridors between New York and Massachusetts. This is a major, multi-year project that will take time to complete, but I think we can all agree that it absolutely must be done. I especially want to thank President Biden, Bhatt, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, Connecticut's outstanding congressional delegation and our state legislators for working with us on this effort to break ground and make this much-needed project a reality.”

“The I-91, I-691 and Route 15 interchange is one of the busiest and most arduous stretches for travelers in Connecticut,” Commissioner Eucalitto said“We will repair the interchange to reduce congestion and improve safety for generations. Thank you to Federal Highway Administrator Bhatt, the Connecticut federal delegation, Governor Lamont and the state legislature for their continued support.”

Today's ceremony was attended by Federal Highway Administration Official Shailen Bhatt and several state and local officials, including Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, Mayor Kevin Scarpati and others.

“I am pleased to be here today on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation to celebrate the start of the second phase of construction of this critically important interchange for Connecticut motorists who depend on this corridor to get to their destinations,” Administrator Bhatt said“Thanks to President Biden's Investing in America agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, we are committed to getting things done for the American people, creating opportunities that improve safety and quality of life, and ensuring federal funds help modernize our transportation infrastructure across the country.”

“We know that the way we design and maintain our roads can impact driving conditions – traffic and the likelihood of accidents,” Vice Governor Bysiewicz said“With the necessary improvements to this major transportation hub, we will create good jobs, better driving conditions and a more pleasant driving experience for those who travel through the Meriden area. When we put the needs of all of our residents first and make it easier to get from point A to point B, our state is a better place. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make today possible, and I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.”

“This pivotal project, funded with $200 million in federal funds, will provide much-needed relief to Connecticut motorists who have suffered significant congestion at the I-691 and I-91 intersection for years,” US Senator Blumenthal said“I applaud Governor Lamont and Commissioner Eucalitto's commitment to real improvements to make this intersection safer for all drivers. I am proud to see funding from the bipartisan infrastructure bill being used in Connecticut and will continue to fight for more of these federal investments to strengthen our roads and bridges.”

“The traffic at the intersection of I-91, I-691 and Route 15 is a huge nuisance for the thousands of people in Connecticut who drive through there every day,” US Senator Chris Murphy said“By addressing key congestion points and eliminating bottlenecks, this investment from the bipartisan infrastructure bill will shorten commute times, reduce the costs of congestion, improve highway safety and create good-paying jobs in our state.”

“The modernization of the existing I-91, I-691 and Route 15 interchange in Meriden will benefit our state by making travel safer and reducing traffic,” Congresswoman Hayes (CT-05) said“This reconstruction is the latest example of how funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are being used to modernize highways across Connecticut. I look forward to continuing to work with state and local partners to advance additional transportation projects.”

“Here in Connecticut, we all know how frustrating it is to be stuck in traffic,” Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) said“That's why I'm pleased that funds from the bipartisan infrastructure bill that I was proud to help pass in the last Congress will be used to relieve road congestion at the I-91, I-691 and Route 15 interchange in Meriden. Redesigning this bottleneck will save our community time and money by allowing commuters to get to work, students to school and parents to get home to their families without wasting time idling on the highway.”

The three-phase project is scheduled to be completed by 2030

The first phase of the project began in early 2023 and aims to repair bridges, add a lane to I-91 and make related road improvements. These include:

  • Realign and widen the ramp from I-691 eastbound to I-91 northbound (Exit 1A, old Exit 11) to two lanes to accommodate traffic demand.
  • Bridge replacement due to the planned ramp redesign and widening.
  • Adding an additional lane on I-91 northbound to avoid congestion caused by a steep grade.
  • Bridge widening due to the additional lane.

This currently ongoing second phase includes:

  • Adding a new two-lane exit ramp from Route 15 northbound to I-91 northbound to reduce traffic congestion on the ramp to Exit 68 NE.
  • Closing the existing Exit 17 from I-91 northbound to Route 15 northbound and rerouting traffic to Exit 16 to provide a two-lane ramp with a right-hand merge onto Route 15 northbound.
  • Widening the existing 68W ramp from Route 15 northbound to I-691 westbound to two lanes.
  • Reconfigure acceleration and deceleration lanes to ensure adequate clearance for traffic to weave through.

Proposed improvements for a third phase include:

  • A new two-lane exit ramp from Route 15 southbound to I-91 southbound to reduce traffic congestion at the existing Exit 67.
  • A new two-lane ramp from I-91 southbound to Route 15 southbound to reduce traffic congestion on the existing Exit 17 ramp.
  • Widening the ramp from I-691 eastbound to Route 15 southbound (Exit 10) to two lanes.
  • Widening the ramp from I-91 southbound to I-691 westbound (Exit 18) to two lanes.

Funding is provided through a combination of state and federal funds

The first phase will cost $80 million and will be funded entirely by the state. The second phase will be supported by $50 million in state funds and $200 million in federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. A third phase is also expected to be supported by a similar combination of state and federal funds. Expenditure for all three phases combined is expected to exceed $500 million.

This project includes a project employment contract with the construction industry, providing well-paying jobs and training opportunities for the next generation of workers.

Commuters can learn about the project, get the latest information, and subscribe to construction alerts on the project website at: i-91i-691route15interchange.com

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