Malloy Announces I-84 Hartford Viaduct Project Moves Forward--Let's Start Integrating Biking and Pedestrian Options Now
Following this morning's press conference in Hartford, Governor Malloy's office just issued a press release announcing the start of what will be a long process for the I-84 viaduct replacement. Built to serve 50,000 vehicles per day, the viaduct now serves some 175,000 vehicles per day.
"The project to redesign and reconstruct I-84 in Hartford is critical to address this aging and obsolete section of interstate in our capital city - steps that should have been completed many years ago and are finally being addressed," Governor Malloy said. "I-84 is critical for local and regional commuters and truckers - our economic vitality in the region depends on it. We want Connecticut residents to have a best-in-class infrastructure that attracts growth and improves the quality of life for all who live here. By making these much needed and long overdue investments to the I-84 viaduct, we will finally make the bold steps toward an efficient, upgraded, and renewed infrastructure that advances progress, mitigates congestion, and creates jobs."
Without saying so directly, it looks like of the four options, only one really makes sense: the lowered highway alternative.
As the I-84 viaduct planning moves to the next step, now is the time to include real opportunities for people to get around by bike or by foot, like they do in the cities we want to compete with [read: Boston?]. Active transportation networks need to be in place while viaduct replacement is underway, not just after it's completed. This would be a great behavior modification opportunity that would serve our economy and our environment well.
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