Sunday, May 2, 2010

Highway to Hell

I-84, the Joan Rivers of highways, is getting some work did. We can't really remember a time when all lanes were open and functioning. If you still consider this a usable roadway and not just a parking lot, you need to stop fooling yourself. 84 is a physical racial barrier through the state's capitol and a giant hideous asphalt waste of space.

It is also the breeding ground for some of America's worst drivers:
The 2009* Allstate Best Drivers Report has been released and 3 of Connecticut's major cities scored poorly. New Haven ranked 155 out of the 193 cities surveyed..Bridgeport was a couple notches worse at 157 and Hartford was nearly dead last at 190.

*It ranked 4th worst again in 2010
And it made the Daily Beast's "Worst Commutes" List!

#33, I-84, Hartford, CT
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 112
Worst bottleneck: Westbound, US 44/Connecticut Blvd/Exit 53
Length of worst bottleneck: .16 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 18
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 17.1 mph

Commuter Buzz: "We have assured through this settlement that every penny necessary to assure proper completion of the work is done without additional taxpayer money being spent," Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told the New Haven Register after settling a suit against three contractors that flubbed repair work on I-84.

If you plan on getting anywhere within a reasonable amount of time, we suggest you avoid this monstrosity and take the scenic route.


  1. I remember coming back from a trip once. The CT I-84 stretch (which was all of 15 miles due to having a room reserved) took longer than our run through NJ and NY combined.