Paving Project Begins on Interstates 91 and 84

By Jamie Ratliff
|  Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 8:04 PM EDT
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Paving Project Begins on Interstates 91 and 84

For months many roads have continued to degrade, forcing drivers to bounce along the highway, but now big fixes are coming to major roads all across the state.

"We had a harsh winter, so I think it's been a tough job. But there's definitely a fair bit of work to be done out there," said Glastonbury resident Lincoln Thompson.

The Department of Transportation plans to mill and pave 254 miles this season.

Starting Sunday night, workers were scheduled to begin milling about seven miles of I-91 in Hartford and Wethersfield.

In the northbound lanes, drivers will see construction between exits 25 and 29. In the other direction it'll be between exits 27 and 26. The stretch is scheduled for completion by late May.

"I'll be excited when it's all over. I really will be," said New Haven resident Katina Staton.

It'll be a bit of a longer wait for I-84 in Hartford and East Hartford. Work in both directions from downtown Hartford to Buckley Bridge won't be done until early June.

The two projects are being done at night and wrapping up at 5 a.m.. With exits and lanes closing, it could take drivers on the road at those hours a while to get through.

"It backs up on traffic, but the whole thing is the roads went through a tough winter. They've got to get fixed," said Thompson.

For some drivers, the inconvenience now will be worth the smooth ride later on.

"You've got to be appreciative. It's getting done. That's absolutely the truth," said Thompson.

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