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Newly built exit unveiled on I-91 in Hartford aimed at easing traffic

The relocated exit ramp replaces a connection that has been a source of congestion for many years.
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HARTFORD, Conn. — Your commute to work could become less of a headache come Wednesday morning when a new Exit 29 ramp opens on I-91 North in Hartford.

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov.Susan Bysiewicz met with local leaders and state transportation officials on Tuesday to cut the ribbon.

The newly built and relocated ramp connects to the Charter Oak Bridge and I-84 East.

It also replaces a connection that has been a notorious source of bottleneck and safety concerns.

“This new ramp is on the left side of the highway and the reason for that is higher volumes of traffic are from 91 North to I-84 East and we have to keep those higher volumes of traffic moving so there’s no delays,” said CTDOT District Engineer Donald Ward.

The exit will connect Routes 5 and 15 and I-84 East.  

“Not only is this a bottleneck but it was also dangerous. We had over 200 accidents a year here, people changing lanes, trying to figure out how to get around,” said Gov. Lamont.

The new Exit 29 ramp is part of the state’s $240 million Charter Oak Bridge project, which is making various improvements to reduce congestion and improve safety in Hartford, East Hartford, and Wethersfield.

The exit will officially be available to the public during the morning hours of May 26.

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