Rochambeau Newtown / Southbury bridge project moves forward

Rochambeau Newtown / Southbury bridge project moves forward

Point Bon Jovi Newtown / Southbury / I-84 commuters, because … Wow, we’re halfway through the massive reconstruction of the Rochambeau Bridge along I-84.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation began the rehabilitation and replacement of the bridges that carry I-84 eastbound and westbound across the Housatonic River in June 2020. The first major phase of the project that impacted commuters was placing both directions of I-84 traffic on the eastbound side of I-84, using integrated crossings in the median.

Weather permitting, according to the latest update from rochambeaubridge.com, the new westbound bridge is ready for traffic and will open to the public tonight (Monday, January 3, 2021).

Work is scheduled to continue on the west side of the bridge this week. Contractors will form, pour and reinforce the remaining westbound left parapets, as well as begin excavation work for the next stage crossing. In the coming weeks and months, all 4 lanes of I-84 traffic will be diverted to the new westbound bridge, and I-84 eastbound passengers will cross using the next stage crossing.

This is great news, I sat in traffic on I-84 East and West along that stretch for the past year on my trip between Waterbury and Brookfield. Some nights, especially if there is an accident on that stretch, traffic has reversed eastbound to Exit 7-8 in Danbury, and some mornings westbound traffic may reverse to Exit 16 in Middlebury.

Although we have reached the halfway point, there is still some time left for the Rochambeau Bridge project, which is scheduled to be completed on December 23, 2023.

So we have another two years of construction to look forward to. Let’s spend the time seeing what I think every time I hear the word “Rochambeau”, courtesy of SouthParkClips via YouTube:

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