Saugatuck River Bridge replacement project to slow I-95 traffic this weekend

Drivers can expect slowdowns on I-95 in Westport this weekend as the Connecticut Department of Transportation continues its Saugatuck River Bridge replacement project.
I-95 southbound is closed and will reopen Monday at 6 a.m. Two weeks ago, they worked on the northbound side of the bridge. Now, they're working on the southbound side of the highway.
Project engineer Mike Rosenblatt says the department is working on the second phase of their lateral slide. The northbound side is being used to move traffic in both directions and there's a detour for the on and off ramps at Exit 17.
Traffic has been moving with only minor slowdowns, but the DOT is asking drivers to avoid the area.
"The heavier congestion will be when we start to reopen the highway," says Rosenblatt.
During work on the northside of the roadway, they managed to reopen hours ahead of schedule, which he says is the goal this time around too.
"We're ambitious, we'll see, we're definitely on schedule right now for sure," says Rosenblatt.
They still have until Monday morning to finish up. The next move will be more safety improvements.
"We're making wider shoulders and wider medians, there's a new drainage structure going through the median,” says Rosenblatt. “Then sometime this winter, we'll shift to the outside, redo the shoulders, new guardrail."
Rosenblatt says the project is targeted for completion by late Nov. 2024.