Anyone planning on driving through Connecticut via I-84 may want to rethink their plans this weekend. The CT DOT will be closing I-84 in both directions, at Exit 30 in Southington, to replace the bridges over Marion Avenue. Preliminary reports indicate that local roads in Southington, will see the brunt of the traffic during the replacement. Major delays are anticipated and alternate proposed routes include I-91, I-691, Route 9 and Route 72. Posted detours will be available to help residents and businesses throughout the weekend.
When Will This Happen?
The weekend activities commence with the closing of the Southington Rest Area at 9 am on Friday, June 27th which will remain closed through 5 am Monday, June 30. At 5 pm, the on and off ramps will be closed at Exit 30, with various lanes slated to be opened/closed as the weekend progresses. Expect normal traffic to resume around 5 am on Monday, June 30th.
What Can You Do?
Our recommendation is to avoid the immediate area and local side roads if at all possible. Consider heading outside of your normal haunts for shopping, errands and activities. If you must head out, leave extra time and try to have a few alternate routes. Remember, driving a few minutes out of your way may be the fastest way to reach your destination.
What Else Should You Know?
The dates are subject to change based on construction delays or weather. The rain date is slated for 9 pm Friday, July 11th through 5 am on Monday, July 14, 2014.