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Lane Closures on Route 8 Northbound and Opening of the Temporary Bypass

August 14th, 2019


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that in order to complete construction work associated with the Route 8/I-84 Interchange (Mixmaster) rehabilitation project in Waterbury will close one lane on Route 8 Northbound. This closure will take place on Friday, August 23, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m.   The project consists of the rehabilitation of numerous bridges located within the Route 8 and I-84 Interchange and was awarded to Walsh Construction Company at a cost of $152,960,945.27 on April 18, 2018 and is scheduled to be completed September 10, 2022.  This project is administered by the Office of Construction – District 4, Thomaston.

Closure and Temporary Bypass Information

One lane on Route 8 Northbound will be closed on Friday, August 23, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. This paving will continue around-the-clock in order to complete paving to connect the Southeast and Northeast approaches of the Temporary Bypass to existing Route 8.

One lane of the temporary bypass will open on Friday, August 23, 2019 and an additional lane will open on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Motorists looking to access I-84 Westbound should continue on the existing Route 8. Motorists looking to access I-84 Eastbound will utilize the temporary bypass, continue to Exit 35 and use the Median U-Turn back onto Route 8 Southbound to access I-84 Eastbound. Motorists traveling to Torrington and points north should utilize the Temporary Bypass and then continue on to existing Route 8 Northbound.

Temporary and permanent signage will be in place to direct motorists to their destination. Motorists are advised to not drive distracted and follow speed limits.                                               

** Please note that the start of this closure can change at any time based on weather or resources. **

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is working to inform motorists and local residents of current and upcoming construction activities through project newsletters, press notices, travel alerts, social media, as well as the project website, https://mixmaster-rehab.com/.  If you have any questions related to construction, please contact us at info@mixmaster-rehab.com.

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