The Connecticut Department of Transportation recently announced that two major traffic shifts are scheduled in the coming weeks to realign Interstate 95 north and southbound travel lanes to allow for the demolition of the existing northbound lanes of the Moses Wheeler Bridge in Stratford and Milford.
According to a release, the traffic shifts will be completed in phases with the first phase relocating the three southbound travel lanes and is scheduled for the night of Wednesday, Jan. 16. Southbound traffic will be shifted to the right onto a portion of the completed new superstructure.
One lane of traffic will be closed at 7 p.m. so that preliminary work can begin on the realignment efforts which include resetting concrete barrier, adjusting signing and applying pavement markings.
The shift will be completed by 6 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in time for the morning rush hour.
The second shift for the northbound traffic is currently scheduled for approximately two weeks later on Monday, Jan. 28. Northbound traffic will be shifted left onto the section of bridge previously occupied by the southbound traffic. This shift will allow for the next stage of construction which includes demolition of the existing northbound travel lanes and construction of next section of superstructure.
The project consists of the reconstruction of I-95 in both directions from the overpass for Route 130 near Exit 33 (Ferry Boulevard/Route 1) and Exit 34 (Bridgeport Avenue Route 1) in the towns of Stratford and Milford including.
The work includes the replacement of the of the Moses Wheeler Bridge over the Housatonic River and the I-95 bridges over Barnum Avenue Connector, East Main Street/U.S. Route 1 and Naugatuck Avenue. Local/State roads that will be directly affected by construction activities include Barnum Avenue Cut-Off, East Main Street/U.S. Route 1, Dock Drive No. 1 located in the Dock Shopping Center, and Naugatuck Avenue.
I-95 lane widths are reduced to 11 feet during construction and the legal speed limit is 45 mph between Exits 33 and 34.
Additional lane closure information can be found on the Department’s interactive map at cttravelinfomap or at the project website moseswheelerbridge.com.