What is The I-84 Hartford Project?
I-84 through Hartford is the busiest section of highway in the state of Connecticut, carrying more than 175,000 vehicles daily (more than three times its originally intended capacity!). The majority of this 50-year-old highway was built on elevated structures - viaducts - which are reaching the end of their useful life and must be replaced. The I-84 Hartford Project will address the deteriorating condition of the highway between Flatbush Avenue (Exit 45) and the I-91 interchange and make operational and safety improvements throughout the corridor.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) previously considered replacing the I-84 viaducts "in-kind." However, after further study, community input and consultation, CTDOT recognizes that there are great opportunities that might be realized with further assessment of this corridor.
The I-84 Hartford Project seeks to examine a variety of options for reconstructing the viaducts and/or modifying the design to create a long-term solution which will be embraced by its many stakeholders.
Read the Fall 2013 I-84 Hartford
Built in the early 1960s, the elevated sections of I-84 in Hartford are nearing the end of their intended life span.
- Costly repairs are routinely needed to control continued deterioration.
- Difficult-to-navigate interchanges and congestion contribute to an average of 1 accident per day.
- The I-84 Hartford Project will seek to:
- Address the deficient bridge structures;
- Make operational and safety improvements;
- Reduce delays; and
- Enhance mobility and connectivity.