New I-91 NB Exit 29 is Open!

Posted on May 28, 2021

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:

New I-91 NB Exit 29
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

Opening Ceremony:

On May 25, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by CTDOT in celebration of the opening of the new exit. Click to see the program of the event as a PDF.
Speakers at the event included (in order of appearance):
  • Joseph J. Giulietti, Commissioner, CTDOT. Governor, State of Connecticut
  • Donald Ward, District 1, District Engineer, CTDOT
  • Susan Bysiewicz, Lt. Governor, State of Connecticut
  • Ned Lamont, Governor, State of Connecticut
  • Saud Anwar, State Senator, 3rd District, State of Connecticut
  • Will Haskell, State Senator, 26th District, State of Connecticut, and Transportation Co-Chair
  • Marcia Leclerc, Mayor, East Hartford, CT
  • Michael Rell, Mayor, Wethersfield, CT
Governor Ned Lamont addresses attendees at the I-91 NB Exit 29 Opening Event