Special Notice:
Upcoming South Frontage Road Closures

For three consecutive weekends, one block of South Frontage Road will be closed to motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. These closures will occur on South Frontage Road between York and College Streets. The closures are necessary for public safety as a crane will be in use for work on 100 College Street.

Closure Dates & Times:

  • Friday, January 28 at 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Monday, January 31

  • Friday, February 4 at 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Monday, February 7

  • Friday, February 11 at 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Monday, February 14

A simple detour will direct motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclist around the closed portion of South Frontage Road.

Detour Route:

  • At the closed portion of South Frontage Road, turn left onto York Street

  • Right onto George Street

  • Right onto College Street

  • Left onto South Frontage Road

On-road signage will guide travelers through the detour route. A map of the detour is included immediately below.

Other than the weekend closures of one block of South Frontage Road noted above, there will be no changes to the existing traffic pattern over the next week.
South Frontage Road Weekend Closures: Detour Route
Construction News through Friday, January 28, 2022
Other than the weekend closures of one block of South Frontage Road noted above, there will be no changes to the existing traffic pattern through Friday, January 28, 2022.

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.

The temporary condition of no right-hand turns onto South Frontage Road from South Orange Street remains in place. 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 graphics immediately below this text section for detour information.

Through Friday, January 28, 2022 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.

Through Friday, January 28, 2022, Downtown Crossing-related work will occur during daytime work hours. 

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

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

Please pay attention to road signage, slow down, and stay safe!
NO Right-Hand Turns onto South Frontage Road
from South Orange Street
Detour: Accessing South Frontage Road at Church Street
Service Drive Shift
Soon to Open: Orange Street Intersection!
A date for the opening of the new Orange Street intersection will be announced within the next month.

When the Orange Street intersection opens, it will create a significant change in the overall traffic pattern. Drivers will be sharing the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians and bicyclists will need to cross the large intersection in two phases.

Pedestrians & bicyclists please note:

When crossing the intersection in the north/south direction, it will take two traffic signal phases. In other words, one will need to use the 'crosswalk' button twice and pause on one of the pedestrian islands in between the first and second crosswalk phases. (Pedestrian islands are highlighted in orange in the graphics above this section.)

  • 1st Crosswalk Phase: The first crosswalk phase will allow crossing from the sidewalk to one of the pedestrian islands.

  • 2nd Crosswalk Phase: The second crosswalk phase will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to move from the pedestrian island to the sidewalk on the other side of the intersection.

Drivers please note:

  • Drivers exiting I91 and I95 to approach Downtown New Haven (Exit 1 from I91 South and Exit 47 from I95 North) will now come across their first traffic signal at Orange Street, much earlier than before.

  • The new intersection and traffic signals are at a location that drivers are used to speeding past. Drivers are urged to pay attention to on-road signage, slow down, and stay safe!

  • The speed limit on the exit ramps from both I91 and I95 is 30 MPH! Obey the speed limit.

  • The new intersection and its traffic signals are designed for pedestrians and bicyclists, not only drivers!! Drivers should be especially cognizant that they are utilizing a shared-use road along with pedestrians and bicyclists. Drivers should pay attention to road signage and obey the speed limit to keep all road users safe.

  • From any point in the intersection, drivers can turn right or go straight upon a green traffic signal. There are NO left-hand turns allowed for drivers from any point in the intersection.