A travel headache is beginning today for commuters in Hartford and it is expected to last three weeks.
Flatbush Avenue will be closed from Newfield Avenue to Ahern Street through the end of October because of construction on the new CT fastrak busway.
The state Department of Transportation is closing the road to raise and reconstruct the intersection of Flatbush and New Park Avenues and build a new Flatbush Avenue bridge over the Amtrak rail line and the bus guideway.
The impact for drivers is that Flatbush Avenue in West Hartford and Hartford at the intersection with New Park Avenue will be closed.
Flatbush Avenue will be closed east of New Park Avenue to Newfield Avenue and west of New Park Avenue to Ahern Street.
New Park Avenue will remain open to traffic throughout the construction period, but you will not be able to turn onto Flatbush Avenue.
The state Department of Transportation will close lanes and shift traffic as needed, so traffic patterns could change from one day to the next.
If your plan is to take the Interstate 84 onramp, plan extra time into your day.
Drivers on New Park Avenue who want to access the I-84 Flatbush Avenue entrance ramp or Charter Oak Plaza will be sent to New Britain Avenue, then along Newfield Avenue.
Westbound motorists getting off the I-84 Flatbush Avenue Exit 45 will need to use the same detour to reach New Park Avenue.
Use the I-84 Prospect Avenue Exit 44 as an alternative route to access New Park Avenue and other local roads and locations.