There’s a decidedly New Haven bend to the state’s largest ongoing transportation infrastructure projects. A listing of the largest Department of Transportation (DOT) projects indicates that of the top 20 projects, eight of them are in New Haven, including four of the top six. The largest project is the construction of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, better known ats the Q-bridge, which carries I-95 over the Quinnipiac River. The $417 million project began in 2009 and is slated for completion in 2015.
The second largest project is less than a stone’s throw away. The reconstruction of the I-95/I-91/Route34 interchange in New Haven began in 2011 and is estimated to be completed in 2016, at a cost of $359.9 million.
Ranked as the third largest DOT infrastructure project now underway is the reconstruction of the Moses Wheeler Bridge, which brings I-95 over the Housatonic River in Stratford.
It’s back to New Haven for the fourth largest ongoing project, the facilities improvements to the New Haven Rail Yard, including construction of a component changeout shop. The estimated cost is $160.9 million, with the project due to be completed next April.
The Hartford-New Britain area of central Connecticut has the fifth largest project, the construction of the CTfastrack bus corridor. The I-95 West River Bridge replacement in New Haven is number six, followed by catenary replacement in Bridgeport (number 7) and New Haven (number 8).
There are approximately 200 track miles of overhead catenary lines powering trains in Connecticut. Officials have described the job of replacement those lines “while still operating the nation’s busiest commuter rail services, as a “monumental task.” The original lines were put in place at the turn of the century – the 20th century – more than 100 years ago.
The full list of the top 20 projects currently underway in Connecticut was compiled by Hartford Business Journal with data provided by the state Department of Transportation.