Interstate 95 is a fact of life on the East Coast. Drivers passing through the Northeast can barely avoid the state's 112-mile portion of I-95. Connecticut's section of the interstate is one of the most congested of any I-95 state and has one of the highest densities of exits. Using state and federal data pertaining to highway usage, accidents and safety, The Day has examined I-95's problems and challenges.
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One person was in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital after a one-car accident early Saturday morning. According to a state police dispatcher, a car traveling south on Interstate 95 crashed into a tree near Exit 61 about 2:43 a.m.
The man told police he had consumed three beers a few minutes before he drove through a set of flares a state trooper had arranged around a broken-down vehicle on the left side of I-95 northbound and hit the cruiser from behind.
The state Department of Transportation said it will reduce traffic on the southbound Gold Star Bridge to one lane between midnight and 4 a.m. on Friday night, Monday night and Tuesday night, if necessary, as a subcontractor places new overhead sign structures on the southbound bridge.
The ramp from Water Street onto North Frontage Road toward Interstate 95 south was closed Friday morning because of an overturned tractor-trailer. The driver, who suffered minor injuries, has been charged with reckless driving.
A Pennsylvania woman was killed Sunday afternoon when the car she was a passenger in was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by a Waterford man in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in the vicinity of Exit 81.
The state Department of Transportation said it is investigating ways to improve the ride quality for cars traveling southbound on the Gold Star Bridge, following the installation of new expansion joints during upgrades to the bridge.
The state Department of Transportation plans to close a lane on I-95 northbound in the vicinity of Exit 71 in Old Lyme and East Lyme between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday to allow for road milling and paving.
The work is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and motorists are advised to drive slow and expect delays, according to a release from state Sen. Paul Formica. In the event of adverse weather, the work will take place Wednesday.