A new proposal by Governor Ned Lamont includes a gantry in Branford, Guilford and Madison, along with major projects widening the highway in the area.
As part of the effort to decrease congestion, the proposal lists widening the highway in Branford northbound between exit 54 and 55, as well as widening I-95 to 3 lanes from Branford exit 54 to Old Saybrook (exit 69).
Widening of 95 has been a controversial proposal in the past, as doing so may require the acquisition of property adjacent to the interstate, some of which is private or presents environmental concerns.
The overall plan is to see major congestion projects, like key improvements to the I-95 and the route 8 connector in Bridgeport, and others funded with tolls.
In order for the tolls to be in compliance with federal law, the tolling will be “congestion” pricing, with rates fluctuating based on the traffic at certain times of the day. Costs will also be determined based on frequency of use and the use of EZ Pass.
A special session is expected to be called to discuss, and potentially pass toll in CT.
See the full plan by clicking the report here.