Things a starting to lighten up on southwestern Connecticut roads. There’s still congestion on SB I-95 from Bridgeport down to Darien.
DOT: I-95 Southbound is congested between Exits 29 and 5 (24.9 miles)
Traffic speeds are picking up in Stamford with more elbowroom between vehicles.
The Merritt looks like a better choice. Once you get past Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield its a decent ride down to the New York border.
Looks like the worst of the rush hour is over, but still expect lingering delays.
Hey, what do you expect in southwestern Connecticut?
There are some roadwork delays on area roads including on I-95 Northbound between Exits 32 and 34 in Milford, a stretch of 2.6 miles., The state DOT reports that the right lane is closed through this area, and the Exit 34 off ramp is also closed. The work will continue until 3 p.m.
I-95 Southbound is congested between Exits 31 and 5, a distance of more than 25 miles through lower Fairfield County as rush hour winds down.
A tractor-trailer accident at Exit 46 in the Long Wharf area of New Haven has snarled traffic there, though the site is beginning to clear.
The state Department of Transportation is reporting long delays on I-95 SB. In fact, DOT the backup stretches 26.8 miles from Exit 30 in Stratford down to Exit 5 in Stamford/Darien.
NB I-95 traffic slows near Exit 41 in Orange and then it’s a slow crawl 5.6 miles through Long Wharf in New Haven.
It doesn’t get any better on the Merritt; DOT say RT15 Southbound is congested between Exits 52 and 36 (21.3 miles).
The good news? Not on the roads, but Metro-North says its trains (now with full service) are on schedule.
Heavy traffic all the way down SB I-95 in Stratford to Exit 13 in Darien.
It gets even slower, averaging 16 MPH near the Route 7 interchange.
Speeds pick up in Darien for a good stretch into Stamford.
The usual slow go on the Merritt with speeds reduced to the 30s MPH from Black Rock Turnpike to New Canaan. Slow, but not a bad ride considering.In the New Haven, there’s the usual NB mess starting around Exit 42 in West Haven through Long Wharf and over the PH Memorial Bridge.
A tractor-trailer accident is causing a backup near Exit 46 NB at Long Wharf.
Around Danbury, I-84 is looking good, but the merge near Route 7 will delay you a few minutes.
An accident on the Merritt Parkway is causing some SB delays near Exit 56 in Milford; nothing big … scattered debris on the road.
Traffic is building in the usual trouble spots like the Exit 52 White Plains area in Trumbull all the way down to Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.
And as usual, the Bridgeport bottleneck on SB I-95 is building from Honeyspot Road in Stratford to Exit 22 in Fairfield.
Before sunrise commuters usually don’t have to worry about traffic jams. Major roads like Interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway, Routes 8, 25 and 7 are often worry free.
But today early morning commuters faced extreme downpours as a line of thunderstorms passed through the area shortly after 5 a.m. The heavy rain continued for about 40 minutes.
Traffic speeds were reduced to a crawl; windshield wipers did their best to keep up.
With Metro-North now resuming full rail service (Amtrak too), we’ll soon find out if that improves today’s commute on southwestern Connecticut’s major highways.
Tuesday saw extremely heavy traffic. During the peak rush hour, heavy traffic was more than 20 miles long on I-95 and the Merritt.
Use some extra caution out there today because roads are still wetting from this morning’s soaking.