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Old 07-28-2008, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Route 11 has been in the news quite a bit lately. So i felt this thread would be interesting to see what every other Connecticuter is feeling in regards to the plans for the long-debated extension. (For anyone that doesn't know, Route 11 is a highway that was supposed to connect Route 2 in Colchester to I-395/I-95 in Waterford, but stopped short at Route 82 in Salem due to a lack of funding about thirty years ago).

Many debate the necessity of the highway, in the age of transportation when mass-transit options are more likely to be considered. However, many in Southeastern Connecticut argue that the highway is vital to the regions future. A huge influx in traffic to the region has brought the highway to the forefront. Southeastern Connecticut is now the most visited tourist destination in the state (Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, Mystic), and traffic has increased rapidly.

Here are some recent news articles:

Route 11 Plan Gets A $5 Million Push -- Courant.com

Our View: Any news on Route 11 is good news - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin

Route 11 Expressway Extension

So what does everyone think? A necessity? Or a simple convenience project?
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Tolland County- Northeastern CT
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I feel the route 11 freeway should be finished to connect Greater Hartford east of the river via route 2 to I 95 to complete the limited access accessibility in this part of the state.

Growth in south eastern CT has been at a sustainable pace- completion of the road will ease some of the traffic problems- but not cause out of control growth and sprawl.

The completion of a limited access Freeway from Hartford (I 384) to Providence also should be completed. 2 lanes in each direction-
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:54 PM
 
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I think Route I-384 should be completed to Windham before Rt. 11. The Windham region has been in need of a true link to Hartford for over 30 years, its about time that is finished. Rt. 6 is no more safe than it was before the improvements, if anything people drive faster now.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:45 PM
 
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I also think the completion of I-384 has been overlooked. Route 6 is not a fun road to drive.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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My vote: FINISH ROUTE 11 ASAP.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I agree that it would be great to finish Route 11 to I-95 in order to connect Hartford to the shore and complete the state's expressway system but the road is going to be awefully expensive and will serve only a limited number of vehicles. It is hard to justify the costs when you think of the many other projects, roadway and mass-transit, that are needed. So basically, I am torn.

As for Route 6, I agree it should be completed, but the problem is you have the Army Corp's not agreeing with the route the new expressway should take and the town's not wanting the route that the Army Corps wants. Why an agency that basically rapes the environment elsewhere in the country is so concerned about this section of eastern Connecticut is beyond me. They really should realize that the locals know their area better than they do.

You will not see I-384 ever extended to Providence though. Rhode Island made that decision a long time ago to halt that highway (it was suppose to be I-84). The highway passes through the watershed for the Providence reservoirs and RI is concerned about maintaining the quality of the watershed. Jay
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I cannot agree more with you Jay. However, I'm a little confused to as while a 7-mile stretch of road will cost upwards of $1.2 billion dollars to complete! Does anybody know why the cost is so great? It just doesn't make any sense...
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:07 AM
 
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There is a major interchange with I-95 and I-395 which is the bulk of that cost. Also the project will buy a lot of land, not just the strip needed for the highway. Jay
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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Road construction is not cheap. Without the interchange it would still be millions of dollars.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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Route 11 is of no value right now unless you live in Salem. So I don't think it's a bad idea to extend it. It would mean a much more direct route from Hartford to Southeast Connecticut...right now, one has to deal with Route 2, and 395, which make two legs of a right triangle. Route 11 would make a nice hypotenuse.
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