The ride on I-84 west through Waterbury could get a little easier.
On Sunday night work was scheduled to move traffic onto new westbound lanes from Scott Road Bridge to the new I-84 bridge over the Mad River. Any remaining work that needs to be performed will be done Monday night.
The opening will allow the closure of the narrow, two lanes that featured a sharp turn near the landmark Nardelli’s grinder shop.
This traffic shift will also allow the contractor to complete demolition of three bridges, and continue construction of Plank Road East, Harper’s Ferry Road, and the new westbound Exit 25 on-ramp.
Last December, new eastbound lanes opened to traffic. The new lanes eliminated the infamous “S” curve near Harper’s Ferry Road.
The $330 million I-84 Waterbury project involves the widening (addition of a third travel lane and full width shoulders in each direction) and safety improvements to a 2.7-mile segment of Interstate 84 from Washington Street, east to Pierpont Road in Waterbury.
Work on the project that required blasting of rock and demolition of bridges began in the spring of 2015. The contract calls for work to end in the summer of 2020.
Of course, during the afternoon/early evening commute, there will still be westbound delays starting around Exit 25.
Part of the problem is high traffic volume, merging traffic from entrance ramps and one less lane near Exit 25.
According to state Department of Transportation data, up to 123,000 a day use this stretch of I-84.