- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut says Interstate 84 will re-open early, long before morning rush-hour traffic after being shut in both directions in Southington for a bridge replacement project.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Sunday that the eastbound section of I-84 was set to open at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, more than 12 hours ahead of schedule.

The westbound highway is tentatively set to open between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.

Kevin Nursick, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the project went superbly, helped by good weather and motorists who used alternate routes.

The Interstate closed Friday night as crews moved the 2-million pound bridges into place. The bridges were built in 1963 and about 82,000 vehicles cross them daily.

The state acted after finding some cracks and exposed reinforcement.

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