The purpose of this page is to provide short answers to the most commonly asked questions about the project. Other pages of this website discuss many of these topics in more detail. Please consider exploring the website or sending us your question if you seek more information on a topic.
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) decided to take a step back and holistically look at the I-84 Hartford Project in conjunction with other affected transportation initiatives in the Hartford area in order to align them with a broader vision shaped by stakeholder input.
Doing a more comprehensive study of the Greater Hartford area is the only way to consider the I-84 Hartford Project's needs together with other efforts, such as but not limited to CTfastrak expansion, railroad corridor enhancements, I-84/I-91 interchange congestion improvements, and other multimodal transportation improvements, including East Coast Greenway and intercity pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.
The scope of I-84 Hartford Project was established for the immediate need to address the condition of the two miles of aging bridges. While other transportation needs in the greater Hartford area beyond these limits were recognized, it was only determined after further study the degree to which they are interdependent.
Other improvements include CTfastrak expansion, railroad corridor enhancements, I-84/I-91 interchange congestion improvements, and other multimodal transportation improvements, including East Coast Greenway and intercity pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.
The goal is to identify a comprehensive set of solutions to the transportation needs and recommend a sequence of projects that provide the most benefit for the future of the Hartford area.
It can lead to more informed project decisions, less duplication of efforts, and more strategic project phasing, including the ability to move forward with early breakout projects identified in the broader study.
Not currently. The I-84 Hartford Project is only funded through the completion of the environmental documentation. Engineering and construction work beyond that is not funded.
Moving ahead without considering other potential connected activities could be considered segmentation, which is prohibited under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To avoid segmentation, the scope of an action must include the consideration of all known connected, cumulative, and similar actions. This study will help to avoid this, as it will look at the entire area as a whole.
CTDOT estimates that the recent repairs and ongoing maintenance work on the bridges will keep them in a state of good repair through 2040. This work addresses, for the immediate term, the bridge structural deficiencies that were a critical element of the project’s original purpose and need. While this does not address the parts of purpose and need for traffic operations, safety, and mobility, a wider and more comprehensive approach is better suited to solve those concerns.
The start of construction has always been contingent on the availability of funding. The current funding outlook remains uncertain. It is too early to know if the Greater Hartford Mobility Study will have an impact on the schedule.
The Greater Hartford Mobility Study will determine which initiatives are to move forward and in what order.
Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) is a tool used to more efficiently study and plan for transportation improvements and use that information to to inform the NEPA environmental process. It can lead to more informed project decisions, less duplication of effort, and even a shortened project delivery time for some components of the study. For more information, please visit: www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc-1/PEL.cfm.
While it is possible to expand the NEPA study area, the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) process is more flexible, more efficient, and timelier to complete.
The Greater Hartford Mobility Study is expected to take about two to three years to complete.
The Greater Hartford Mobility Study will consider various alternatives that address the transportation challenges in the Hartford area. These may include tunnels alongside other new ideas.
The Governor’s CT2030 plan covers projects that will be in construction by 2030. The I-84 Hartford Project is not scheduled to begin construction during this timeframe.
No, congestion will be only one of many factors addressed in the Greater Hartford Mobility Study. Others include, but are not limited to, addressing structural deficiencies, enhancing rail and transit service, and other multimodal needs.
No, tolling is a separate legislative initiative that is not currently part of this study.
Public outreach will continue to inform the Greater Hartford Mobility Study. Members of the existing I-84 Public Advisory Committee (PAC) will play an integral role in this study’s process. Outreach will expand to include new stakeholder groups within the new study limits.
Please visit i84hartford.com/contactus to provide comments, ask questions, or receive print materials about the study.
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Highway and bridge projects support thousands of jobs in Connecticut every year including those in manufacturing (e.g. fabricators create steel and other metal parts to specifications including sheet metal, rebar, and ornamental pieces), engineering, transportation, and trades. Examples of transportation related construction jobs in the trades include:
Other jobs include those administrative positions and indirect jobs that support the highway and bridge workforce.
Many of these projects will get at least some of their funding from the federal government. Federal regulations require that States and their contractors meet numerous criteria to obtain both formula and/or discretionary funding for federally funded projects.
Federal aid highway and bridge projects often require that a portion of any contract be awarded to a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) company. In addition, a small number of projects may have project labor agreements, which require construction companies to enter into agreements with local unions to set hiring, working, and payment conditions for the entire contract.
A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a business that meets the United States Department of Transportation’s DBE eligibility requirements and is certified by the CTDOT as a DBE business.
A Small Business Enterprise (SBE) is a business that meets the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) SBE program eligibility requirements and is certified by DAS as an SBE/MBE business.
Learn more about the SBE eligibility requirements.
Only you can answer that question! Although the construction industry includes many careers drawing on a variety of skills, rebuilding Connecticut’s highways and bridges, as well as other vital infrastructure around the country, will be no easy job.
Experts expect a national shortage of skilled and prepared workers capable of rebuilding our country’s transportation infrastructure. Now may be a very good time to consider a career in construction.
The CTDOT builds many highway and bridge construction projects every year. Those interested in careers in construction should start preparing now. Mastering soft skills, such as handshakes, eye contact, interviewing, résumé writing, and presentation, are important for career success. Community organizations may be able to assist you with building soft skills.
Careers in construction also require technical training and experience. Ways to prepare for a career in construction include:
The Connecticut Department of Transportation does not hire construction workers directly. Construction contracts are competitively bid, and are awarded to the lowest responsible bidder.
If you are looking for a construction job, a good place to start is with local contractors or the trades unions.
CTDOT adheres to all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in hiring. Every contracting company hired by CTDOT legally commits to the state that it has a policy and practice of non-discrimination in its hiring decisions, as required under the law. Challenges to getting employment may exist, however, for those with criminal histories.
CT laws regarding hiring and prior offenses may be viewed at CGS Public Act No. 16-83, Bill No. 5237 - Jan 1 2017.