The Hartford I-84 Project Team has been in contact with communities to identify the best solution to fix I-84. After exploring four different alternatives and options, we have almost reached a decision on the future of the highway. A formal decision is expected in the spring of 2020.
The Project Team recommends eliminating the elevated highway and tunnel alternatives for further consideration. These options do not meet the Purpose and Need of the project. It seems that the best option is the low highway alternative, which would lower the highway to ground level and below most of the local streets, such as Asylum, Broad and Sigourney streets, and Capitol Avenue.
When it comes to exploring solutions for I-84 in Hartford, the Project Team is in good company! During the Fall 2017 semester, University of Hartford architecture students were tasked with a design challenge in their own backyard. The groups created transit-oriented development solutions to support a new rail station. Check out the student showcase page to learn more about their assignment and to see their great work!
The Lowered Highway Alternative involves relocating the railroad and constructing a new rail station. This is a chance to rethink Hartford's transit station as a multi-modal activity hub. The I-84 Project Team, City of Hartford, and stakeholders are planning for the new station and surrounding area.
Some considerations of this “big picture” planning include: Where should the station be located – north or south of Asylum Avenue? How should the station be positioned on the site? How can local streets be integrated into the site and nearby highway ramps?
The design of the station is another discussion. Should the architecture be traditional, modern, or something else? Share your thoughts on the comment page!
Although relocating the railroad renders Union Station’s platform unusable, the station remains a historic landmark. These planning efforts will set the stage for the reuse planning of Union Station. Visit the PAC meeting materials page for a closer look. And check out previous materials to see draft plan progress.