The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a scheduled weekend closure and detour of I-95 southbound in Westport, which is set to take place from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2023. This temporary closure and detour are essential as part of a major infrastructure project that aims to enhance the transportation network in the area. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the details of this closure, its purpose, and how it will impact traffic in the region.
The upcoming closure of I-95 is required to make way for a new bridge using an innovative construction method called the “Bridge Slide.” This process may cause temporary traffic disruptions, but the end goal is worth it.
Bridge Slide Technique
The “Bridge Slide” method involves building a new bridge alongside the existing one, then sliding it into place. This minimizes construction time and traffic disturbances.
During the closure, I-95 southbound will be shut down, with traffic redirected to the new I-95 northbound bridge. This will affect traffic flow on both I-95 southbound and northbound.
Advisory for Motorists
We strongly recommend avoiding the area during the closure. The on-ramp to I-95 northbound at Exit 17 is already closed and will remain so during the weekend of November 3 through November 6. Additionally, Exit 17 off-ramps from I-95 northbound and I-95 southbound will also be closed. Saugatuck Avenue (Route 33) will be closed to both motorists and pedestrians between the on and off-ramps.
For easy navigation during the closure, detour routes have been established:
I-95 Southbound at Exit 17:
- Two lanes of I-95 southbound traffic will be directed onto the new I-95 northbound side with channelizing devices. Expect traffic disruptions.
I-95 Northbound On Ramp at Exit 17:
- Take the detour to Saugatuck Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Route 1, Sherwood Island Connector, and I-95 northbound at Exit 18.
I-95 Northbound Off Ramp at Exit 17:
- Follow the detour to Exit 18, Sherwood Island Connector, Route 1, Riverside Avenue, and Saugatuck Avenue.
I-95 Southbound Off Ramp at Exit 17:
- Use the detour to Exit 18, Sherwood Island Connector, Route 1, Riverside Avenue, and Saugatuck Avenue.
Saugatuck Avenue at Exit 17:
- Traffic and pedestrian detours will be in place, with instructions to Park Street, Franklin Street, and Saugatuck Avenue.
While this temporary closure may be inconvenient, it’s a necessary step towards a better transportation system in Westport.
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