• 14-story research facility was constructed at 100 College Street, on land previously inaccessible because of the highway's right-of-way.
  • A rendering of the intersection at Orange Street-MLK Jr. Boulevard-South Frontage Road, planned for Phase 2 of Downtown Crossing.
  • Rendering of two development parcels that will be accessible as a result of Phase 3 of the Downtown Crossing Project.
  • Rendering of work completed in Phase 1
    Rendering of work completed in Phase 1
  • Rendering of work to be completed in Phase 2
    Rendering of work to be completed in Phase 2
  • Rendering of work to be completed in Phase 3
    Rendering of work to be completed in Phase 3
  • Rendering of project at completion
    Rendering of project at completion
  • Rendering of possible development at project's completion
    Rendering of possible development at project's completion

The City of New Haven's Downtown Crossing Project is an infrastructure project which will transform the portion of Route 34 in New Haven (commonly referred to as the Oak Street Connector) from expressway into urban boulevards designed for pedestrian and bicycle use, as well as low-speed motor vehicle traffic.

For nearly half a century, the Route 34 expressway served as both a physical and psychological barrier between Downtown New Haven and the Hill neighborhood. The Downtown Crossing Project will replace the expressway with urban boulevards; reconnect Orange Street to South Orange Street and connect Temple Street to Congress Avenue, restoring connectivity between Downtown New Haven, the Hill neighborhood, the Medical District, and Union Station. The Project includes pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements, a public plaza and open space, as well as systems to prevent flooding that serve as beautification measures, and the reclamation of approximately 10 acres of developable land from the former expressway’s right-of-way.

When completed, the Downtown Crossing Project will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy our City, provide new opportunities for economic development and restore the urban street environment that was removed decades ago to build the expressway.

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View the presentation from the November 2017 public meeting! [6MB / PDF]

A Message from New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp
photo: Mayor Toni Harp

Welcome to the Downtown Crossing New Haven website!

Here you can learn about the many benefits this important project will provide to the City of New Haven, as well as Downtown Crossing’s history and schedule.

I invite you to explore the Downtown Crossing New Haven website to learn more, and to consider signing up for Downtown Crossing Project updates while here.

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