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What Should We Do With the Viaduct Through Hartford?

Apr 30, 2015

For decades, the elevated section of highway through Hartford along I-84 has been a major feature of the city's landscape. It's now viewed as a barrier, dividing the city in two. It's also aged out of its usefulness.

This week, the Connecticut DOT is inviting the public to take a look at what it's calling the I-84 Hartford Project. Anyone can drop by the Open Planning Studio at a downtown Hartford church to meet planners and engineers who are looking at alternatives to redesign I-84.

Do you like the highway as it is? Or do you prefer a tunnel option? Where should the exits go? The DOT wants to hear from you -- including via text message, where you can take a short quiz. Try it by texting "OK" to (973) 607-2547.

Join us as we talk about what to do with the highway through Hartford.

GUESTS:

  • Rich Armstrong - Principal Engineer, Connecticut Department of Transportation
  • Dave Stahnke - Principal of TranSystems, and lead for I-84 redesign program management team
  • Toni Gold - Retired community investment and transportation consultant, and member of the DOT's public advisory committee on the I-84 project
  • Norman Garrick - Associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UConn

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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.