To the delight of Bridge Street residents, the engineers working on potential changes to I-91 Exit 19 have abandoned the more elaborate concepts that called for building a full-access interchange. Those concepts would have cost the most and had the greatest impact on abutters. The engineers have concluded they aren’t worth it. Download the engineers’ July 20 presentation (PDF, 5MB).
Here is a complete blip.tv video of the July 20 Exit 19 Project Advisory Committee meeting showing the presentation. This video is 1 hour 20 minutes long and was recorded by Lachlan Ziegler.
Here is a 4-minute YouTube highlight showing residents reacting positively to the news that the full-access interchange concepts have been dropped.
Besides no-build, three concepts will proceed for more study:
- Concept 13: Intersection & Ramp Improvements
- Concept 13A: Intersection & Ramp Improvements with Roundabout
- Concept 13B: Intersection & Ramp Improvements with Double Roundabout
These slides from the presentation appear to show that Concepts 13A, 13B and 13C reduce delays to a similar extent as Concepts 15, 15A, 16, 17 and 18, but with a much lower impact on the surrounding neighborhood and a much lower cost.
Gazette: “Consultants air designs for Exit 19 improvements” (6/14/10)