In late June, city and state officials announced a plan to elevate Route 9 between the river and downtown, which would allow the removal of the traffic lights.
The above image shows how lifting the highway would look at the bottom of Washington Street (that white building represents DeKoven House.)
Here's a bit more information:
• You can see all the 3D renderings of the proposed changes at this link, provided by the DOT: http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=4109&q=582016
• There's a public meeting for input tonight, Tuesday, July 26, at 7 pm at the Elks Club at 44 Maynard Street. Apparently the venue was selected so that there would be ample room for the public to attend.
• Here are two editorials on the subject, with differing viewpoints: