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DOT advises drivers to avoid portion of I-91

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Connecticut drivers are being advised to avoid a portion of interstate 91 in the Rocky Hill/Wethersfield area while state crews perform emergency road work on a stretch of the highway. 

The pothole-plagued 91 has damaged cars for weeks and repairs have created massive gridlock for drivers for the commute home.

The Department of Transportation said it had to block off three lanes between exits 24 and 25 on the northbound side.

DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said it was called emergency road work because it was not planned. He also said it was not pothole repair.

"They are milling off the asphalt to get to a better layer," he told Eyewitness News. "They are just going to remove asphalt, but cannot repave it right now. This is only Northbound."

Nursick said the milling of the about 2,500 feet of road is to help repair the damaged surface and make it more drivable. The milling is expected to be completed around 5 p.m. on Friday.

There are no asphalt plants open, so the repaving of that area will occur around the end of March or early April.

The emergency road work created a traffic backup that continued even after the milling was completed. 

"We travel it a couple times a week and we try to avoid it so it doesn't hurt my car," said driver Michelle Conlon. "The road is a mess. Having said that, if they mill it, I'm assuming it will at least hold out for the rest of the season until they're able to repave it properly. But it's destroying traffic in town."

Asphalt is getting kicked up in your wheel wells, still making for a slow go.

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