EXIT 3 OF ROUTE 34 WESTBOUND TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE THIS THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013
(New Haven, CT) The exit 3 off-ramp on Route 34 westbound in New Haven, located between College Street and the Air Rights Garage, will be closed permanently to traffic on Thursday, May 2, 2013. This closure is to allow for construction of the historic New Haven Downtown Crossing Project which will remove the highway, reconnect City streets, and provide the City of New Haven with approximately 11 acres of developable land. However, the closure of Exit 3, the first of many closures, will cause traffic delays and detours. So that residents and commuters can plan accordingly, the City of New Haven wants the public to be aware that this closure will cause inconvenience. Residents and commuters are urged to sign up to receive weekly traffic alerts that will keep them informed about detours and possible delays due to the Downtown Crossing construction. Sign up for these traffic alerts here
What to Expect this week:
Construction crews will shift traffic and install temporary construction barriers the evening of Wednesday, May 1, between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
On the morning of Thursday, May 2, all westbound traffic will be diverted to Exit 2 and Exit 1.
A new traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Exit 2 and MLK Boulevard to facilitate the change in traffic patterns.
• Signs will be posted to help guide the public.
• Local business access will be maintained during all detours and lane closures.
• Work will occur weather permitting and will be rescheduled as necessary.
To assist with alleviating traffic delays and ensuring public safety, the Downtown Crossing Team is undertaking a public outreach campaign to discuss with residents, businesses and commuters best/alternate routes and travel options to help alleviate traffic during construction. Over the past two months, City staff have set up informational tables and spoken to hundreds of residents and commuters at locations that include the Knights of Columbus, the Connecticut Mental Health Center, various locations at Yale New Haven Hospital, Tower One/Tower East and many more. To schedule a lunchtime event at your workplace and to learn of great alternatives to get around construction, please call Kristen Stiff at 860-815-0291 or send an email her here
About Downtown Crossing
Decades ago, in the 1950s, a neighborhood in New Haven was destroyed for the construction of Route 34. In order to construct the highway, 1,481 families were displaced, hundreds of buildings were demolished and another neighborhood—the Hill—was cut off from Downtown. Downtown Crossing will get rid of the Route 34 highway in New Haven and reconnect city streets to create a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment that will set the stage for further economic development.
This new infrastructure investment will expand downtown New Haven alongside the Yale School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital campus and will connect the Hill neighborhood to Downtown New Haven. New Haven, a world-class center for education and research, is the biotech capital of Connecticut with 39 of the state's 52 biotech firms. The City, State and Winstanley Enterprises (the developer for 100 College Street) have been working on the project since 2007, and the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital are active participants.
The Downtown Crossing project is funded by the United States Department of Transportation, the City of New Haven and the State of Connecticut. Phase 1 construction is being performed by CJ Fucci Construction Inc, of New Haven, CT and is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2014. This work will provide infrastructure improvements necessary to proceed on the 100 College Street development, which is expected to create up to 2,000 construction jobs and, when completed and opened in 2015, an estimated 600-900 permanent jobs.