The Department of Transportation
is currently reaching out to stakeholder groups, trying to get feedback on replacing the I-84 Viaduct through Downtown Hartford. As the most heavily traveled road in the state with 165,000 daily vehicles, I-84 through Downtown Hartford is very much in need of reconstruction. The state is currently expending millions of dollars every year on simple routine upkeep for a corridor that is already years older than originally planned. Since this project affects so many, the DOT is reaching out to community groups, local business and governmental agencies to determine a plan of action that will have the best possible impact on Hartford’s transportation.
Throughout the year look for community outreach to grow as the DOT plans to launch a website dedicated to the project as well as advertisements and announcements discussing the planning process and seeking feedback. Similar to Riverfront Recapture
being designed into the DOT’s I-91 plans, they are open to any ideas that can help add value to this project while construction is underway. A great resource to check out in the mean time is the study on the I-84 Viaduct
that CRCOG developed 3-4 years ago.
This project comes at an exciting time as the state of Connecticut is also preparing the CTfastrak
, which combines the fast, traffic-free advantages of a train with the frequent, direct and flexible benefit of a bus. With express and feeder routes that will use a new dedicated roadway to avoid traffic congestion on local streets and on I-84, CTfastrak will benefit a large geographic area and provide a one-seat, no transfer ride to regional employment, shopping, cultural, educational and healthcare destinations.