I-95 Route 1 bridge replacement project begins

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STAMFORD -

Police are urging the public to avoid I-95 at all costs during a major construction project to replace the Route 1 bridge in Stamford Friday.

The project got underway Friday at 6 p.m. with the closure of Exit 9 on-ramps. Then at 9 p.m., the Route 1 bridge closed between Courtland and Seaside avenues and traffic was detoured to Courtland and Hamilton avenues.

Construction officially began at 11 p.m. when I-95 at Exit 9 was shut down in both directions. The highway will reopen early Monday morning, and then close again next weekend so DOT crews can replace the second span of the bridge.

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DOT crews gave been putting together the new bridge spans just off the highway over the last few months. The plan is to demolish the span over the northbound lanes this weekend.

"We're putting a two-year or three-year project into a 10-month span, so it's a lot less overhead," says DOT project engineer Lou Eveno.

Extra local and state police have been called in to handle some of the road congestion. Troopers are in place to deal with any accidents and overflow on the Merritt Parkway.

 

Lauren Fabrizi's earlier coverage:

 

 

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