Foundation work for a signature bridge is under way as part of a $2.2-billion Interstate corridor project in Connecticut. Critical elements include constructing the nation’s first extradosed bridge and beefing up commuter rail service in what Connecticut Dept. of Transportation officials say is the largest single construction effort ever undertaken by the agency.
The 7.5-mile-long I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program, extending from the Long Wharf area in New Haven to nearby Branford, is designed to alleviate traffic problems in a densely developed urban area. Originally designed in the late 1950s to carry 40,000 vehicles daily, the stretch of road now handles over 140,000 vehicles per day. Central to the project is the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, known locally as the Q-bridge because it spans the Quinnipiac River.