The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has begun construction on a major I-95 infrastructure project in East Lyme.
The project includes major improvements on a 1.3-mile stretch of I-95, including reconfiguring the Exit 74 interchange, adding full length acceleration lanes, and creating 12-foot shoulders. These improvements will help reduce the number of crashes in the area and allow traffic to move safer and more freely. On Route 161, the project includes adding sidewalks and shoulders which will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility. The bridge over Route 161 will also be replaced, and the vertical clearance issues will be eliminated. The project also includes a project labor agreement, which helps train the next generation of tradespeople.
The current interchange configuration has resulted in nearly 200 crashes with more than 50 injuries between 2018 and 2021.
Manafort Brothers Inc. was awarded the contract, valued at $148 million, which is 80% federally funded through President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the remaining 20% is state funded. It is expected to be completed in 2027.
Updates regarding this project’s development will be regularly published online at i-95eastlyme.com.
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