Downtown Crossing project continues with closing of Exit 3

The New Haven Downtown Crossing Project is announcing that the Exit 3 off-ramp on Route 34 westbound, located between College Street and the Air Rights Garage, will be closed permanently to traffic beginning Thursday, May 2, 2013.

What to Expect:

  • Construction crews will shift traffic and install temporary construction barriers the evening of Wednesday, May 1, between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
  • On the morning of Thursday, May 2, all westbound traffic will be diverted to Exit 2 and Exit 1.
  • A new traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Exit 2 and MLK Boulevard to facilitate the change in traffic patterns.
  • Please be Advised:
  • Signs will be posted to help guide you.
  • Local business access will be maintained during all detours and lane closures.
  • Work will occur weather permitting and will be rescheduled as necessary.

Thank you for your patience during construction.

Downtown Crossing is the City's long-term plan to close Route 34, reconnect city streets and neighborhoods through new development between Downtown and the Hill. Exit 3 is located within the boundary of 100 College Street. The City is adjusting traffic patterns in order to enable development of the 425,000 s.f. medical/lab office building and future home of Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Construction will begin on the new building in June, 2013

To assist with alleviating traffic delays and ensuring public safety, the Downtown Crossing Team is undertaking a public outreach campaign to discuss with residents, businesses and commuters best/alternate routes and travel options to help alleviate traffic during construction. To schedule a lunchtime event at your workplace and to learn of great alternatives to get around construction, please call Kristen Stiff at 860-815-0291 or send an email to

The Downtown Crossing project is funded by the United States Department of Transportation, the City of New Haven and the State of Connecticut. Phase 1 construction is being performed by CJ Fucci Construction Inc, of New Haven, CT and is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2014. This work will provide infrastructure improvements necessary to proceed on the 100 College Street development, which is expected to create up to 2,000 construction jobs and, when completed and open in 2015, an estimated 600-900 permanent jobs.

To learn more about Phase 1 and the future phases of Downtown Crossing, please visit the project website at

This article was submitted by Michael E Fitzsousa on April 25, 2013.