NEW BRITAIN - Traffic is expected to be disrupted through October as the state Department of Transportation enters its second season of bridge rehabilitation at the Interstate 84 and Route 72 interchange.
According to the DOT, crews are attending to various issues from basic deterioration to the poor shape of steel girders. The overall scope of the rehab on the five bridges comprises patching of the deck, applying a new bituminous overlay, repairing the steel superstructure members and patching the substructure as necessary. Superstructure rehabilitation consists of steel repairs by installing plates and cleaning and painting the beam ends and bearing devices.
Two of the bridges are located in Plainville, the other three in New Britain.
The project began in February 2016 where West Main Street in New Britain becomes New Britain Avenue in Plainville. Drivers in the area have faced traffic hiccups as the work continues, but most of the inconveniences have occurred above, on Interstate 84 and Route 72. Temporary lane shifts and closures are expected as work progresses through the spring of 2018.
According to the DOT, the Slater Road on-ramp leading to westbound I-84 will be closed through Oct. 28. Detour signs in place redirect traffic to access the highway via Fienemann Road in Farmington.
Scheduled lane closures include east- and westbound I-84, Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. Ramps and turning roadways will face disruptions from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Lane closures on the east- and westbound lanes of Route 72 are scheduled for 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Sunday; on Route 372 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
The DOT said all other roadways affected by the construction will include lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Manafort Brothers of Plainville was awarded the $15.7 million project last year. Each bridge rehab is funded through state and federal money.
Christopher Fortier can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.