Late night travelers on Interstate 84 have often seen tractor trailers parked illegally alongside highway shoulders and exit ramps.
Michael Riley, president of the Connecticut Motor Transport Association, said that every night 1,200 truckers are unable to find parking spaces in public or private truck rest stops so they are forced to park on highway shoulders or other places.
While Fairfield County and western New Haven County will see large increases in truck parking on I-95, travelers along I-84 will see none.
There are no proposed renovations slated for the I-84 rest areas even though the study recommended truck parking expansions at all facilities.
A 2005 Service Plaza study examined future demands for truck parking at the state’s rest stops.
Willington’s Rest Areas are located between exits 69 and 70.
They have a combined total of 31 truck spaces while the 2025 projected demand is for 378 spaces.
Private truck stops in the area provide a little over 100 truck spaces.
The Danbury Rest Area located eastbound past exit 2, has 40 truck spaces. The anticipated 2025 demand is for 118 spaces.
The Southington Rest Area located eastbound past exit 28, has 21 truck spaces. The 2025 projected demand is for 178 spaces.
Private truck stops in the area provide 20 truck spaces.
Proposed but not Built
The study recommended the creation of two additional rest areas on I-84 in the Danbury/Waterbury area, one in each direction.
They would have created a total of 146 truck spaces for an area that has a 2025 projected demand for 190 spaces.
It’s a different story for I-95 service plazas west of New Haven; the newly renovated Milford plazas have 42 more truck spaces, a 51% increase, for a total of 82. Ironically, the plazas already met future expected demand by 32 spaces before the expansion.
After renovations are completed at the Fairfield plazas, truckers will have 24 more spaces, a 35% increase, for a total of 67. The expansion still leaves the plazas short for future demand by 138 spaces.
At the Darien plazas, which are the closest to the New York border, there will be 54 more truck spaces after renovations are completed, a 59% increase, for a total of 91 spaces. Even after the addition, the plazas need 155 more spaces to meet future demand.
Nursick said truck parking areas were reconfigured using existing space at the plazas.
“Adding more (truck parking) than we are at the service plazas, or frankly, anywhere else in the state, means we would more than likely have to acquire property to do it via eminent domain, of course, not exactly popular. Financially, we’ve got more than enough on our plate with a backlog of billions of dollars worth of statewide transportation projects as it already stands. Money to add truck spaces would be another financial addition to our already substantial list of unfundable initiatives,” Nursick said.