DOT warns against traveling I-84 through Southington this weekend; bridge construction from Friday to Sunday



The Connecticut Department of Transportation has issued the following advisory about I-84 through Southington this weekend. Both directions of I-84 will be shut down.

“The Connecticut Department of Transportation is reminding motorists and travelers that Interstate 84 will be closed in both directions to all traffic at Exit 30, Marion Avenue in Southington, on Friday night June 27, and is scheduled to reopen Monday morning, June 30, 2014. MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE ANTICIPATED! – MOTORISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN AHEAD, AVOID THE AREA,  AND TO SEEK ALTERNATIVE ROUTES!  Suggested alternate routes include I-91, I-691, Route 9 and Route 72. Local detours are established for residents and businesses in the area surrounding the construction site and signs will be posted.
“Two bridges that carry I-84 over Marion Avenue, one eastbound and one westbound, are being replaced with new structures that have been built alongside the existing bridges.  The replacement will require the complete closure of I-84 in both directions over Marion Avenue and will be completed in one weekend.  
“Special Advisory – The public will not have access to the project area during the weekend closure. The Department has installed web cameras at the site so the public can access live video and HD time-lapse video during the closure period.

“Project Construction Cameras:

The Southington Rest Area located before Exit 30 on I-84 East will close at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 27 and re-open at 5 a.m. on Monday, June 30.  No parking along I-84 or entrance areas of the rest area will be allowed.  An alternate location for RV dump facilities is located on I-91 North past Exit 19 via I-691.
“Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, Marion Avenue will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the work.  The Exit 30 on and off ramps will also be closed for approximately 3 hours to set up traffic control and staging for the full closure of I-84.
“At 9 p.m. I-84 will be closed to all traffic and the on and off ramps at Exit 30 will be reopened to channel a single lane of I-84 traffic around the closed section of highway.  Marion Avenue will remain closed to through traffic and there will be no access to the interchange area.  All roads are scheduled to be re-opened by 5 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014.




Friday, 6/27/14

9 am Southington Rest Area along I-84 East Closed
5 pm to 9 pm I-84 Exit 30 Off and On Ramps Closed.
5 pm, 6/27 to 5 am, 6/30 Marion Avenue closed at ramps- no through traffic, Atwater Street closed from Canal Street to Marion Avenue
6 pm One lane taken on I-84 East at Exit 27 (I-691)
7 pm One lane taken on I-84 West at Exit 31 (Rt 229)
8 pm Two lanes taken on I-84 East at Exit 27 and I-84 West at Exit 31 with one travel lane open
9 pm I-84 and Exit 29 On and Off Ramps at Route 10 Closed.  Re-open Exit 30 ramps to accommodate one lane of I-84 traffic


Monday, 6/30/14

5 am I-84 OPEN ALL LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, Marion Avenue, and I-84 East Southington Rest Area reopens
The structures will be replaced utilizing Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) to minimize the impact to the traveling public.  The temporary shoring platforms and bridge beams are in place for both structures and work continues on constructing the bridge decks. Lane shifts and shoulder closures are in place on I-84 East & West and modification of the wing wall parapets (high speed lane Eastbound and low speed lane Westbound) have begun.