HARTFORD, Connecticut—CDM Smith is proud to announce a recent project win with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The firm was chosen to provide preliminary engineering and design services and an alternatives analysis for improvements along an 8-mile stretch of Interstate 84 (I-84) from Exit 3 to Exit 8 in Danbury, Connecticut.
Since its construction in the 1960s, this particular section of I-84 has posed several issues regarding functionality and traffic flow. Over the past several years, CTDOT has also been dealing with substantial safety issues with respect to traffic weaving, congestion and reported accidents in the area. According to CDM Smith senior transportation planner and alternatives analysis lead Donald Vary, the alternatives evaluated will be measured by how they address access issues, operational inefficiencies and increasing maintenance costs for the aging infrastructure.
The project’s construction zone covers a strategic economic corridor for the state, which serves as an interstate connector for trucking and commerce in the mid-Atlantic region. In addition to its economic significance, the expanse is also a major recreational corridor for those traveling to various destinations along the east coast.
This project win comes out of a recent program evaluation CDM Smith completed for Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s strategic long-term transportation plan: Let’s Go CT!. As part of a 30-year vision for Connecticut’s transportation system, Let’s Go CT! outlines the investments necessary to make the state’s transportation network safer, more reliable and more responsive to 21st century lifestyles and economic opportunities. Over the next 5 years, Connecticut will work to revitalize its aging transportation system and thus revitalize the state’s economy as part of the program.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Connecticut DOT and help improve the economic lifeline of this roadway,” says CDM Smith client service leader Paul Schmidt. “Our team understands the significance of a major project like this, and we know its positive impact will be felt throughout all aspects of the community.”
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