The I-84 Hartford Project Team has been working with communities to identify the best solution for fixing I-84. After exploring four different alternatives, or options, we're close to deciding on the future of the highway.
The project team recommended, and the Federal Highway Administration has agreed, to remove the Elevated and Tunnel Highway Alternatives from further consideration. These options do not meet the project Purpose and Need. The best option seems to be the Lowered Highway Alternative, which would bring the highway down to ground level and below most of the local streets, like Asylum, Broad and Sigourney Streets, and Capitol Avenue.
The Lowered Highway Alternative, and the No-build Alternative will continue to be analyzed. A formal decision, on the recommended highway and ramp options, is expected in spring 2020.
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 meeting materials page for a closer look at draft plan concepts.