Rep-Am: I-84 in Waterbury to close four nights next week for construction


Article as it appeared in the Republican-American
February 28, 2018
Interstate 84 is scheduled to close Monday and Tuesday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the westbound direction, and Wednesday and Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. heading eastbound. Contributed graphic.

WATERBURY – Interstate 84 will close overnight twice in each direction next week while steel is removed from the Scott Road bridge overpass.

The bridge is being rebuilt as part of the I-84 widening project. Traffic currently runs on a newly constructed side of the bridge; the old side is being demolished and will be rebuilt.

On Monday and Tuesday, I-84 westbound will be shut down at Exit 25 starting at 11 p.m. and until 5 a.m. the following day. During that time, traffic will be detoured off the highway at the Exit 25 off-ramp and will continue straight onto Plank Road and reenter the highway via the westbound on-ramp.

Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, I-84 eastbound will be closed at Exit 25, starting at 11 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. the following day. During that time, traffic will be detoured off the highway at Exit 25.

The new Exit 25 eastbound off-ramp will open temporarily to funnel traffic off the highway. At the end of the ramp, traffic will continue straight onto Reidville Drive and reenter I-84 via the on-ramp at Scott Road.

When the closure ends at 5 a.m., traffic will continue to access Exit 25 eastbound through the Exit 23 detour.

The nighttime closures will be in addition to regular nightly lane closures within the I-84 construction area.

In case of inclement weather, the work schedule will be pushed forward a day.

Also, if steel removal is completed over I-84 westbound in one night instead of two, eastbound steel removal will begin a day earlier, starting Tuesday night.

Public Health Committee Public Hearing, 2/28


In an effort to keep you informed, I wanted to let you know of the upcoming Public Health Committee public hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28 at 11:00 am in room 1D of the Legislative Office Building.

Here are some bills scheduled for the public hearing that may be of interest to you and our community:

  • S.B.  218  An Act Prohibiting Involuntary Sterilization Of Persons With Disabilities.
  • H.B.  5160  An Act Concerning The Donation Of Blood By Minors.
  • H.B.  5153  An Act Concerning The Department Of Developmental Services’ Recommendations Regarding Guardianship Assessments.
  • H.B.  5216  An Act Concerning Communication Between The Disability Rights Organization And The Department Of Developmental Services Regarding Abuse Or Neglect Of Persons With Disabilities.
  • H.B.  5155  An Act Concerning The Department Of Developmental Services’ Recommendation Regarding Waiver Of Licensing Fees For Private Providers.
  • S.B.  166  An Act Adding Amniotic Fluid Embolism To The List Of Adverse Events A Hospital Is Required To Report To The Department Of Public Health.
  • H.B.  5149  An Act Concerning Sober Living Homes.
  • H.B.  5157  An Act Requiring The Installation Of Video Cameras In The Rooms Of Nonverbal Nursing Home Residents.
  • H.B.  5158  An Act Requiring Food Allergy Training In Restaurants.

To view the full agenda with links to each proposed bill, click here.

Should you wish to write a letter in support of or opposition to a proposed bill, please email testimony to

Your comments can be as brief as you like, but there is no limit on the length of written testimony. Please also copy me on the email at so I can be aware of your opinions.

For information and committee rules on testifying in person at the pubic hearing, click here.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Capitol, I encourage you to click here and click on the “Bulletin”.
A guide for testifying at hearings can be found here and driving directions to the Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building are available here.

Petit Seeks to Raise Awareness Against Teen Dating Violence


Hartford – State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr., (R-22) partnered with Interval House to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at a recent press conference held at the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Rep. Petit said, “It’s very fitting that we gathered on Valentine’s Day for the event to raise awareness about teen dating violence awareness. What better day to say, ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’.”

Petit is a member of Interval House’s Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence, a group of prominent Connecticut men dedicated to raising awareness and speaking out against domestic violence. The group has raised thousands of dollars and distributed educational and training materials for the cause against domestic violence, and spoken to thousands of area residents, mostly boys and young men.

Petit, along with fellow group members, gathered on Valentine’s Day to recommit themselves to the cause and share their message that there’s never an excuse for violence and abuse in an intimate partner relationship.

“Since 2009, this men’s group has been on the forefront of standing with women and children in the cause against violence and abuse.  We know that if we are to make a difference, we have to continue to break the insidious cycle of domestic violence and abuse, we must educate our children, and the whole community that love should never hurt, and that no one has the right to abuse another, added Rep. Petit.”

According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), many youngsters start ‘dating’ before they are in their teen years. Petit stated that with 1 in 4 teens reporting that they are victims of verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse each year, it is imperative that we educate them about healthy relationships at home and elsewhere.

Interval House has helped more than 230,000 victims of domestic violence. The agency provides services to 24 cities and towns in the Greater Hartford region which include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency safe house, and counseling for victims and advocates.

For more information, visit