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DOT Delays Projects Linked To Walk Bridge Replacement In Norwalk

The Walk bridge carries Metro-North and Amtrak trains over the Norwalk River at the mouth of the Norwalk Harbor. It swings open to allow marine traffic to pass through.
The Walk bridge carries Metro-North and Amtrak trains over the Norwalk River at the mouth of the Norwalk Harbor. It swings open to allow marine traffic to pass through. Photo Credit: Walk Bridge website

NORWALK, Conn. -- Two projects that need to be completed before the Department of Transportation can replace the Walk Bridge in Norwalk, will now begin in October instead of July as originally anticipated.

The two projects are an interlocking project on the Metro-North New Haven Line between South Norwalk and Westport, and improving and electrifying the Danbury Branch Dockyard. The DOT said that the delay is required to align the planned activities for these two projects with other projects in the area.

The two projects are independent of the plan to replace the 121-year-old Walk Bridge over the Norwalk River in Norwalk. The bridge has suffered numerous problems over the past couple years, becoming stuck on more than one occasion and impacting rail travel throughout the state.

The interlocking project, dubbed CP243, includes the construction of a new four-track interlocking, which is a powered switch and signal system that allows trains to move from one track to another.

The Danbury Branch Dockyard project seeks to improve the 24-mile branch line, from where it splits from the main line to approximately one mile north in the area commonly referred to as the Dockyard. The DOT said the improvements will allow commuter trains that begin or end in Norwalk to turn or switch directions.

The DOT will hold a public meeting on the construction details of the projects at some point in September at Norwalk City Hall. The meeting will include an open house session, where attendees will have a chance to speak one-on-one with the Walk Bridge Program staff, followed by a brief presentation on the project scopes and specific information regarding construction. This meeting will take place instead of one that was supposed to take place in June.

The DOT said that the Walk Bridge Program is developing mitigation plans to address community concerns during the construction of the replacement bridge. The plans outline safety, resource protection, community and construction coordination mitigation, and will be implemented during construction.

For more detailed information, visit www.walkbridgect.com .

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