A.M. Rizzo Electrical Contractors is replacing all exits signs on both northbound and southbound 395 for the state Department of Transportation. Two contracts worth a total of $5.5 million are replacing outdated signs and renumbering the exits, based on their distance from I-95, where 395 is deemed to start.
The renumbering complies with new federal rules, which say the numbers must match mileage, in order to get federal approval and funding. A.M. Rizzo started the work on both sides of 395 at the start of the highway at its I-95 location.
Towns involved include Waterford, Montville, Norwich, Lisbon, Griswold, Plainfield, Killingly, Putnam and Thompson. The project started at the southern end of 395 in the area of Waterford and East Lime. It ends at the Massachusetts border in Thompson. A.M. is also replacing signs on I-695 and on Route 2A.
The project is expected to be completed in the spring. The old signs were built to last 15 to 20 years and are now 30 years old, according to the state DOT. A.M. Rizzo is replacing signs on the side of the road, on bridges and the large structural signs that cross over the highway.