Transportation in Hartford

Apr 10, 2013

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.

1 Comment

  1. 1 Serge Fugere 07 Apr
    A monorail system would be the most effective, low maintenance, and non weather restrictive mass transit system. This could be constructed in center median with low to moderate impact on the day to day I84 traffic. This could travel the entire I84 corridor and intersect with 91 rout 20 to Bradley Airport


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