The Route 8 Design Build project will bring the section of roadway from Exit 13 in Shelton to Exit 22 in Seymour up to modern highway standards and make it safer for motorists. The work is expected to start in the summer of 2023 and finish by the end of 2024.
The CTDOT has a public participation plan and people can reach out to project managers through the project’s website.
Plans for the project include repaving the roadway, putting in new LED lights, and replacing drainage systems that date to the 1950s. The budget is $77.3 million, of which 80 percent is coming from the federal government and the rest from the state. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are administering the project.
The project scope is as follows. From Exit 13 to Exit 17 upgraded LED light fixtures will be installed with new light standards and foundations and underground circuitry for an incident management system (IMS). The IMS will be installed at a later date and will warn motorists of issues on the highway.
From Exit 15 to Exit 22 there will be repairs to the concrete base of the north and southbound lanes of the roadway and resurfacing, 11 minor bridge rehabilitations, drainage improvements, and bringing roadway guiderails to current Manual of Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) standards.
The CTDOT has a public participation plan that included an information session held on Jan. 12. Project managers gave a presentation on the project and the public asked questions about the work.
Empire Paving Inc. was awarded the contract for the Route 8 project through the CTDOT design-build procurement method.