Town officials will hold a public information meeting on Sept.18 for a construction project to change the I-84 entrance and exit ramp at Park Road.
The public information meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in room 314 at West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St. and will include an overview of the project, the construction schedule, traffic impacts and alternate routes, according to the town. Construction is expected to start this month.
The project means the I-84 off ramp would be relocated so it is next to the existing on-ramp and will be re-graded and widened to include an additional left-turn lane. Park Road will also be widened on the south side to create an additional travel lane and left-turn lanes. According the town, pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements will be incorporated into the project.
"The Park Road at Interstate 84 interchange improvement project started as a means to address traffic congestion between Overbook Road and Trout Brook Drive," Town Engineer Duane J. Martin said in an email. "This project is a stand-alone project and is not combined with any other projects on Interstate 84. However, it includes the reconstruction of hundreds of feet of on and off ramp."
Martin said the town's engineering division applied for a grant in 2011, which the state backed "due to significant vehicular crash history on the off ramp."
Construction costs are estimated at about $6.8 million, 80 percent of which will be paid for through federal funding and the state and town each contributing 10-percent to the cost.
The improvements aim to address capacity, efficiency and safety, according to the town. Over a three-year period there were roughly 60 crashes at the exit ramp.
Deaf and hearing-impaired persons who would like to attend the meeting and require an interpreter are asked to contact the town's engineering division at 860-561-7540 at least five days before the meeting.