Some MTAC members may already be aware of construction on Route 8 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For those who might not know, in general the project involves the replacement of the superstructures (beams and concrete decks) of several bridges on Route 8/25, approximately two miles north of Interstate 95.
The bridges carry Route 8/25 over Lindley Street and Capitol Avenue. There are two bridges at each location (one northbound and one southbound), separated by a median. As part of this project, they will be replaced in two phases.
During the first phase – scheduled for June 11-25 – the southbound bridges will be replaced. During this phase you should expect that:
- Northbound traffic on Route 8 will be reduced to two lanes.
- Southbound traffic on Route 8 will be reduced to three lanes and shifted onto the northbound barrel of the highway.
Upon completion of the southbound bridge replacement, traffic flows will return to normal for approximately three weeks. A second phase – scheduled for July 16-30 – will allow the replacement of the northbound bridges. During this phase you should expect that:
- Southbound traffic on Route 8 will be reduced to two lanes.
- Northbound traffic on Route 8 will be reduced to three lanes and shifted onto the southbound barrel of the highway.
DOT has also advised that the Exit 4 off ramp may be closed prior to the start of the first lane shift, and the Exit 5 on ramp will be closed in conjunction with the first lane shift.
MTAC members should visit a website that has been created for this project, sign up to receive email updates, and review detour maps.