A state Department of Transportation project to rebuild the I-95/Route 7 interchange in Norwalk as well as widen I-95 at exits 14 and 15 kicked off Wednesday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony that was attended by Gov. Dannel Malloy and other state and city officials.
In December it was announced that the State Bond Commission had approved $85.65 million for the long-overdue project, which involves a complete redesign of the I-95/Route 7 interchange, construction of two additional traffic lanes, southbound and northbound, between Exits 14 and 15 (i.e. Route 7 and Route 1), and the reconstruction of three major overpasses on I-95, in addition to improvements to Route 1.
The project, which will take two years to complete, will help ease congestion along the Exit 14-15 section of I-95, according to officials. Similar projects to widen I-95 in Darien and Stamford (at Exits 9 and 8 southbound and Exits 11 and 12 northbound) were completed in the past five to ten years.
As part of the improvements, I-95 southbound Exit 14 onto Route 1 will become a two-lane exit, with a three-lane section to provide dual-left and single-right turn lanes. Three overpass bridges and drainage collection will be upgraded to address local flooding along Route 1.
Improvements to Route 1 will include left-turn lanes at the entrance ramp to I-95 southbound, Taylor Avenue and Cedar Street. Sidewalks, seven feet in width, will be provided along both sides of Route 1.
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