The portion of South Frontage Road, between Church and College Streets, that has been closed since June is set to reopen this coming Wednesday, November 10th!

Overnight on Tuesday night, into early Wednesday morning, barriers to the closed portion of South Frontage Road and existing detours will be removed. By the morning commute on Wednesday, November 10, South Frontage Road will be reopened with three travel lanes.

A newly added fourth lane on South Frontage Road—the far left lane—will remain closed to accommodate construction of 101 College Street.

York Street between Howard Avenue and South Frontage Road will remain two-way at this time.

Thank you for your patience throughout this road closure!

New Detour for Drivers Accessing South Frontage Road from
South Orange Street

Beginning on the morning of Wednesday, November 10th, right-hands turns onto South Frontage Road from South Orange Street will temporarily not be allowed.

A simple detour will guide drivers from State Street and Union Avenue to access South Frontage Road: right onto Columbus Avenue, right onto Church Street, and then right onto South Frontage Road.

This detour will not impact traffic already on South Frontage Road and heading to I91/I95.

The detour will only impact drivers who typically access South Frontage Road from South Orange Street, behind the New Haven police station and the Knights of Columbus printing press/supply building.

This detour will be in place until the new Orange Street intersection (across the former highway corridor) opens, which is anticipated to occur in approximately the next month and a half.

Please see the graphics immediately below this text section for visuals of the detour.

The Bigger Picture: Purpose of Downtown Crossing's
Construction, Detours, Inconvenience

If you signed up for Downtown Crossing email updates for notice of roadway impacts, but never really understood Downtown Crossing's purpose and what it's all about--then this is for you!

Along the Lines is a podcast hosted by Connecticut Department of Transportation Public Transit Bureau Chief Rich Andreski. The latest episode features Downtown Crossing, providing an in-depth look at the project and its benefits.

More than just a road way project, Downtown Crossing is working to undo the damage of Urban Renewal. Downtown Crossing is reconnecting New Haven's neighborhoods with bike and pedestrian-friendly streets (previously severed by the Route 34 "Highway to Nowhere"), freeing prime land for economic development, adding jobs, expanding the City’s tax base and boosting its burgeoning bioscience sector, as well as utilizing green technology for storm water management and flood control.

This is the bigger picture for which everyone on the Downtown Crossing team has been working so hard and for which the general public has been dealing with construction and detours.

The Downtown Crossing team thanks New Haven residents and visitors for their patience with construction and detours.

We invite you to learn more about the project's larger vision by listening to the podcast!

Listen to Along the Lines episode on Downtown Crossing here: https://bit.ly/DTXonAlongTheLines  

After South Frontage Road reopens on Wednesday, November 10th, various single-lane closures will occur to accommodate construction for 101 College Street and Downtown Crossing Phase 2 and are listed in more detail immediately below.

Additionally, there will be no right-hand turns onto South Frontage Road from South Orange Street. Please see graphics immediately below this text section for detour information.

Throughout the one-week period of Monday, November 8 and Friday, November 12, 2021 various lane closures may occur on the following roads to accommodate construction:

  • State Street & Union Avenue at North Frontage Road: single lane closures near the intersection of Water Street.
  • South Frontage Road: the far-left lane closure on SFR between College and Church Streets will be closed.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard: single lane closures between Church Street and Orange Street.
  • Orange Street between George Street and MLK Boulevard: closed heading south.

Downtown Crossing-related work for the one-week of period of Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12, 2021 will occur during both daytime and nighttime work hours. 

Daytime work hours are weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Nighttime work hours are between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Nighttime work for this week will be limited to reopening the closed portion of South Frontage Road.

Road signage will alert drivers to lane closures in the construction area.

Please pay attention to road signage, slow down, and stay safe!