Malloy: New I-95 lane nearly open at Norwalk

NORWALK – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday said work to widen I-95 in Norwalk to ease a major choke point will be completed within a month when a new southbound lane opens.

This project should have been completed 15 years ago but was not funded,” Malloy said during a press conference near the highway.

“Very shortly, southbound traffic will move as well as northbound,” Malloy said. “We have already opened the lane northbound. The southbound lane will open relatively soon, next month.”

The project cost the state $45 million to complete new lanes between Exits 14 and 15 in Norwalk, which was considered one of the major choke points between  Greenwich and Bridgeport.

Malloy said the Norwalk project is the only the beginning of efforts to widen I-95 between Greenwich and Bridgeport.

“You can stop at any spot on 95 and that’s the project I would like to go to next,” Malloy said.

“There was a major choke point in Stamford that got done 15 years ago. This has been the number 1 choke point between Greenwich and Bridgeport,” Malloy said.

“But up and down the highway, listen, the question is no longer if 95 will be widened. The only question is how soon. That’s a project that has to take place over time,” the governor said.

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said he’s proud the Legislature a few weeks ago approved the beginning of a 30 year, $100 billion plan to improve the state’s highways, bridges and rail system.

“We are going to have a 30 year plan where we will have a transportation system that is second to none,” Duff said. “I could not be prouder of that vote. We are going to make transportation a priority in Connecticut and we are going to see more projects like this.”

Bill Cummings