On Wednesday morning, May 26, one lane of the new I-91 Northbound Exit 29 has opened to traffic, and the existing right-hand exit has closed permanently.
New Left-Hand Exit:
To access the new ramp, I-91 Northbound travelers will take Exit 29 on the left – a new traffic pattern, as the existing ramp is a right exit. The new left exit and will originate further south on I-91 Northbound than the existing right exit. The new Exit 29 includes a bridge that spans over Route 5/15 Southbound, and will enter Route 5/15 Northbound from the left lane, onto the Charter Oak Bridge. The second lane of the new Exit 29 will open at a later date, upon completion; the former ramp will be demolished and the debris removed, as part of the ongoing project. Read More in the Hartford Courant 5/26/21:
The I-91 Charter Oak Bridge Project will relieve this bottleneck for roughly 80,000 drivers per day by improving through-traffic capacity and by reducing weaving maneuvers on I-91 Northbound and on Route 5/15 Northbound on the Charter Oak Bridge.
Work on the I-91 Charter Oak Bridge Project will continue through October 2022 with completion of the:
New second lane for I-91 Northbound Exit 29
Widening of I-91 Northbound and its bridges
Lowering of Airport Road
Widening of Route 5/15 Northbound and its bridges in East Hartford