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Connecticut Department of Transportation seeks Corps permit to place fill to widen I-84 in Waterbury, Cheshire

Published April 15, 2014

CONCORD, Mass. –The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District to conduct work in waters of the United States in conjunction with work on Interstate 84 in Waterbury and Cheshire, Conn. The project purpose is to address current and future highway congestion on I-84 and associated ramps, and adjacent intersecting roadways.


Connecticut DOT proposes widening (adding a third travel lane and full width shoulders in each direction) and safety improvements to a 2.7-mile section of I-84 extending from Washington Avenue, east to Pierpont Road in the city of Waterbury, including the realignment of the highway in the vicinity of Harpers Ferry Road (Interchange No. 24) to eliminate the existing sharp reverse curvature, and interchange reconfiguration within the project limits.


Work is proposed in wetlands/waters of the U.S. located adjacent to I-84 in Waterbury and involves excavation/fill in wetlands/waters, including relocation of portions of streams crossing under I-84, and culvert rehabilitation along I-84 in Waterbury (state project No. 151-273) in association with widening/reconstruction. As a result of the realignment of I-84 and reconfiguration of the ramps, portions of the following state and local roads intersecting within the project limits will be reconstructed: Hamilton Avenue; Harpers Ferry Road; Scott Road; Plank Road; Reidville Drive; Plank Road East; and East Main Street.


The project includes the construction/replacement of eight highway bridges (four over watercourses), one pedestrian crossing over the Mad River, seven culverts (five within the Beaver Pond Brook, one within East Mountain Brook and one within the Mad River), and 20 retaining wall features. Associated work includes sanitary sewer and water line reconstruction, general drainage improvements, noise abatement, and new highway signing and pavement markings.


The application for the permit was filed with the Corps in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates discharge or fill of material in U. S. waters, including wetlands. The public notice, with more specifics on the proposed work, can be viewed on the Corps website at  http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.


Public comments on this proposed work (file # NAE-2012-1062) should be forwarded no later than May 15, 2014 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Susan Lee) 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Susan Lee at 978-318-8494 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: susan.k.lee@usace.army.mil.

Tim Dugan

Release no. 2014-042