|Project 0082-0318 - Route 9 Middletown|
About the Project
The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) is currently developing plans to remove two traffic signals on Route 9. State Project Number 0082-0318 – Removal of Traffic Signals on Route 9 is located on in downtown Middletown between exit 14 and 16. The purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce congestion.
Connecticut Route 9 is a north/south running freeway except for a short section of non-freeway in the downtown Middletown area where it overlaps with Route 17. This section of Route 9 stretches for approximately 0.36 miles (from exit 15 to exit 16) and includes two at-grade signalized intersections. These signalized intersections contribute to significant delays and crashes. Three-year crash history (January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017) shows that there were 313 crashes resulting in 91 injuries including 1 fatality within the project limits.
This project focuses on two distinct intersections: Exit 15 which is the intersection of Washington Street and Route 9 and Exit 16 which is the intersection of Hartford Avenue and Route 9. Two alternatives have been developed, taking different approaches to improving Exit 15. Both alternatives propose the same treatment for Exit 16.
Exit 15 – Washington Street
The existing traffic signal on Route 9 at the intersection of Washington Street allows for access to Washington Street from the northbound and southbound directions and from Washington Street to Route 9 southbound. The proximity of deKoven Drive and the railroad tracks to this intersection creates a large footprint with abnormal traffic operations.
Alternative 1: Presented to the public on July 27, 2016
In order to provide access to downtown Middletown from Route 9 northbound, Route 9 southbound will be elevated to accommodate a left exit from route 9 northbound onto Washington Street. The intersection of Washington Street and deKoven Drive / Route 9 will be converted to a five-leg roundabout. The roundabout will improve the safety of the existing large-footprint intersection as well as reduce wrong-way entrances onto Route 9. The Route 9 southbound exit to Washington Street will need to be removed as part of this alternative, due to geometric modifications and proximity to the railroad tracks.
Alternative 3: Presented to the public on March 22, 2018
In order to provide access to downtown Middletown from Route 9 northbound, a bridge will be constructed to convey northbound vehicles over Route 9 southbound as well as the railroad tracks and yard. The off-ramp will intersect Rapallo Avenue at a stop-controlled intersection. To the west of this intersection Rapallo Avenue will be one way towards Main Street while two-way travel will be maintained to the east towards deKoven Drive. The Route 9 southbound exit to Washington Street will be need to be removed as part of this alternative, due to geometric modifications and proximity to the railroad tracks.
Exit 16 – Hartford Avenue
Alternative 1 and Alternative 3 propose the same improvements to Exit 16
The existing three-way signalized intersection of Route 9 and Hartford Avenue (Exit 16) provides access to and from Hartford Avenue in the northbound and southbound directions. The proposed design will eliminate the left-turning movements from Route 9 northbound onto Hartford Avenue in order to reduce conflict points and remove signalization. An at-grade exit lane will be provided for southbound Route 9 traffic in order to maintain access to Hartford Avenue. Access to Route 9 northbound will be maintained by constructing a bridge to convey Route 9 southbound over the on-ramp from Hartford Avenue. Route 9 southbound will be accessible from Hartford Avenue with a free-flow acceleration lane.
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The Department is currently planning a third round of public involvement. This involvement is tentatively scheduled for the summer/fall of 2021, depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.