The Heroes Tunnel consists of two 1,200-foot-long horseshoe-shaped barrels, carrying two lanes of Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) traffic in each direction through West Rock Ridge.
The Heroes Tunnel carries approximately 77,300 vehicles daily. The Heroes Tunnel is the only highway tunnel to pass beneath a natural land feature in the State of Connecticut and is eligible for listing on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The Wilbur Cross Parkway is a vital connector between New York and Hartford, as well as an alternate expressway route to Interstate 95 and 91.
The Heroes Tunnel was featured in the 1958 romantic comedy, “Tunnel of Love,” starring Doris Day and Richard Widmark. It was dancing legend Gene Kelly's directorial debut.
Structural, geometric and drainage deficiencies have been identified within the Heroes Tunnel, and require either rehabilitation or replacement.
The Department of Transportation and CDM Smith conducted studies of potential approaches, and summarized their findings in the June 2016 Alternative Construction Options Study Report Supplement.
Deficiencies of the ventilation system, fans, electrical distribution system, fire detection system, fire protection system, emergency communications system, and traffic signs have also been identified.
A maintenance project to address these deficiencies is currently in the Design Phase.
A tunnel liner study and traffic capacity analyses are being conducted and will be used to further advance the Environmental Assessment document.
The Heroes Tunnel (Bridge No. 00773): The project begins on Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) just north of Exit 59 (Route 63/Route 69 New Haven Woodbridge) in New Haven, extending northerly through the Heroes Tunnel, through West Rock Ridge and ends approximately 1,000 feet north of the Wintergreen Avenue overpass in Hamden.
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bartholomew Sweeney, PE, Manager of Bridges, (860) 594-3272
Timothy Fields, PE, Transportation Principal Engineer, (860) 594-3217
Michelle Lynch, PE, Project Manager, (860) 594-3206
Jacob Booth, Project Engineer, (860) 594-2862
CDM Smith, Prime Consultant
Joe Scalise, PE, Project Director
Michael Egan, PE, Project Manager
Rebecca Hall, PE, PTOE, Deputy Project Manager
Bill Ryan, PE, CEM, Project Technical Lead
Mahmood Khwaja, PE, Lead Tunnel Designer