In an effort to address traffic congestion, Interstate 95 and Route 1 in Darien will be receiving needed improvements as part of a state funding project.

State Sen. Carlo Leone announced that the State Bond Commission has approved $85.65 million for the construction of two additional traffic lanes between Exits 14 and 15 on I-95.

The funds will also support related improvements on U.S. Route 1. The funds will also support related improvements on U.S. Route 1. Work is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2012 and be completed by the end of 2014.

"Congestion has long been a problem along I-95 throughout Fairfield County, and I am pleased that additional lanes will be added along a stretch of the road through Darien. I hope that other similar projects will soon follow, as road congestion remains one of the most pressing issues in Fairfield County," Leone said.

The I-95 southbound exit onto Route 1 will become a two lane exit, with a three-lane section to provide dual-left and single-right turn lanes. Three overpass bridges and drainage collection will be upgraded to address local flooding along Route 1.

Improvements to Route 1 will include left-turn lanes at the entrance ramp to I-95 southbound, Taylor Avenue and Cedar Street. Sidewalks, seven feet in width, will be provided along both sides of Route 1.