study of a 60-mile section of Connecticut's I-95 is half completed.
The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether to widen I-95
to three lanes in each direction in the southeast corridor.
The DOT is
meeting with officials of towns bordering I-95 to gather local
perceptions of the highway's problems, and next year will offer
public meetings for residents to share their views. On the agenda
will be traffic volume and increased noise levels.
to a released statement, if I-95 were to be expanded, the highway
would have to comply with federal standards for six-lane thoroughfares,
which call for three 12-foot-wide travel lanes and two 10-foot-wide
shoulders in each direction.
so far has found there is not enough room around the existing
highway interchanges with local roads for their expansion without
acquisition of additional property.
In the southeast
corridor there are 78 bridges that would have to be widened, as
well as 19 culverts to address, said James Andrini, state DOT
now underway expands on a DOT study of southeast I-95 completed