Due to a severe infestation of Gypsy Moths this Spring and early Summer, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that they will be removing significantly damaged and compromised trees on I-95 southbound between Exits 74 and 70 in Old Lyme. If you travel through this area on your daily commute, or need to pass through here in the next couple of weeks, please expect traffic delays and drive safely.
Removal activities will take place at the direction of a licensed state arborist utilizing machinery and crews specializing in the safe removal of trees. It is estimated that roughly 170 trees, mostly of the Oak variety, are damaged so severely that they will not survive, necessitating proactive removal to safeguard the motoring public. Subsequent to tree removal activities, the areas will be allowed to naturally regrow.
The removal process will begin Monday, September 25, and will be completed by October 9, 2017, weather permitting. Motorists can expect a right-lane closure on this segment of I-95. Crash attenuator vehicles and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The work schedule for this project is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Monday – Thursday).