HOV lanes open along I-279 after months-long closure for construction

September 27, 2018

Motorists enter the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane merging on to I-279 from the North Shore, Monday.

The HOV lanes along I-279 have reopened to traffic after being closed since February as part of a $87.94 million construction project.

The lanes opened Friday at 3 p.m. will remain open through Labor Day. Normal operations will resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The HOV hours of operation are as follows:


• Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Two or more passengers required.


• Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Two or more passengers required.

• Monday through Friday 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Unrestricted use.

• Friday 7 p.m. through Monday 4 a.m. Unrestricted use.

The HOV improvements include new gates, updated signage, upgraded control system and a wrong-way detection system.

They’re part of an ongoing $87.94 million Parkway North Improvement Project that includes concrete patching and overlay, preservation of 30 bridges and 49 overhead sign structures, repairs to 29 walls, ramp repairs, lighting improvements, sign upgrades, guide rail and drainage improvements, and an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.

Crews from the Trumbull Corporation and Lindy Paving are conducting the work.

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