2nd phase of bridge project to close I-95 in Stamford this weekend

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Weekend I-95 travelers will want to consider an alternate route, as a section of the highway will be shut down for the second phase of the Route 1 bridge replacement.

Traffic in the Stamford area seemed to run smoothly last weekend for the first phase of the closure -- but officials say things will be different this time around.

I-95 in Stamford will be closed in the area of Exit 9 in both directions as the Department of Transportation lowers the new section of the bridge into place.

MORE: I-95 reopens one day early | Stamford, surrounding area prepare for I-95 construction nightmare 

While detours will be put in place starting Friday at 6 p.m., officials are asking drivers to stay clear of the area.

"Warnings were received very well and traffic was not as catastrophic as we thought it was going to be ... I think it's going to give a lot of people in the area a false sense of security," says State Police Sgt. Robert Derry. "Everyone will come this route and all of a sudden will have a big issue with traffic."

State troopers and local police are asking travelers to plan for additional travel time and try to refrain from the area altogether.

The DOT wants to make the entire process as transparent as possible, so they have set up a website and will be streaming the entire event live. It will also detail the detours that can be taken.

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