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DOT Initiates $640 Million Project For 8 Miles Of I-84 In Danbury

Traffic is bumper-to-bumper Tuesday afternoon on eastbound I-84 in Danbury near Exit 4. The Connecticut Department of Transportation will soon begin planning for a project that will improve traffic in the area.
Traffic is bumper-to-bumper Tuesday afternoon on eastbound I-84 in Danbury near Exit 4. The Connecticut Department of Transportation will soon begin planning for a project that will improve traffic in the area. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

DANBURY, Conn. — There could be more traffic between the exits for the mall and Newtown Road in Danbury as Connecticut looks to pave the way to increased capacity on I-84.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation's upcoming project on an 8-mile stretch of I-84 between Exits 3 and 8, is part of “Let’s Go CT,” a 30-year, $100 billion transportation investment plan, a DOT statement says.

The I-84 project is estimated at $640 million and will start in five years. It aims to rebuild the congested stretch of roadway, improve safety, increase capacity, advance operations and develop access to the highway, the DOT says.

The DOT and a team of consultants will work with the City of Danbury, local businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders to ensure the project meets public expectations.

The I-84 Danbury Project team will launch a website and host a series of public meetings in early 2017.

Other public outreach will include newsletters, stakeholder meetings, and social media updates.

“Improving safety and access and reducing congestion on this section of I-84 in Danbury will have positive effects for commerce in the region and the state," said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker.

Construction is expected to start by 2022 and continue for several years.

The consulting firm, CDM Smith in Hartford and New Haven, has been hired by the DOT to lead the public involvement and preliminary engineering phases of the project.

The firm of Milone and MacBroom of Cheshire, Connecticut will lead the environmental documentation phase.

For more on the plan, visit www.letsgoct.com .

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