The Route 34 in Downtown New Haven was originally constructed in the 1950s as a way to link together the City of New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Today, the highway has been reconfigured in an effort to connect New Haven’s medical district at Yale-New Haven Hospital to Union Station, the Hill Neighborhood and Downtown New Haven.
DTC served as the Project Manager for the City of New Haven.
The $31.7 million project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Department of Economic Development (DECD), the City of New Haven.
As part of this long term project, 10 acres of land was reclaimed and developed into retail, residential, and medical facilities.
The scope also included:
- Updating the new urban boulevards of Martin Luther King and South Frontage Road,
- Constructing and fully upgrading all pedestrian crossings to city and ADA standards,
- Converting a portion of Route 34 connector into urban boulevards,
- Reconfiguring local street connections,
- Reconstructing College Street, and
- Removing the College Street Bridge over Route 34.
The result is a pedestrian, multi-modal and intermodal environment.
Work done on the perimeter sections of North Frontage, South Frontage and College Streets will provide the essential infrastructure to support the 425,000 sq. ft. building set to be constructed at 100 College Street and its supporting 800+ space parking garage.
These projects are expected to create 2,000 construction jobs and approximately 600-900 permanent jobs when 100 College Street opened in 2015.
Phase 1 of construction (performed by CJ Fucci Construction Inc.) was completed in the summer 2014.