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DOT Gives Norwalk More Time To Study Impact Of Walk Bridge Replacement

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. – The Connecticut Department of Transportation will grant additional time for an Environmental Assessment of the impact of the Walk Bridge Project, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) announced.

“The Walk Bridge is an important project for our region’s transportation system and it is important that the city, residents, businesses and other stakeholders have an opportunity to study, understand and weigh in on the project and its proposed impact,” said Duff. “I want to thank Commissioner [James] Redeker and the Department of Transportation their assistance and responsiveness on this issue.”

The public hearing, originally scheduled for October, will now be held in mid-November, with the public comment period closing two weeks later.

The Walk Bridge project addresses the need to replace the deteriorating railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in Norwalk. As one of the oldest movable bridges in the country, the Walk Bridge is a critical transportation link on the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston carrying four tracks of Metro-North Railroad, Amtrak and freight service.

“I want to thank Senator Duff for his hard work and for taking the initiative in contacting the DOT on the city’s behalf,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “I am very pleased that Commissioner Redeker has heard this request and granted the extension. It is critically important that we thoroughly examine and review the impact analysis and respond appropriately. Additionally, this extension will allow the public and other stakeholders more time to evaluate the proposal.”

CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker said: “We want to ensure that everyone has ample opportunity to comment on the Environmental Assessment and voice their opinions on this very complex project. We have tried to listen to all stakeholders and found the request to postpone the public hearing and extend the comment period very reasonable.”

The City of Norwalk sought an extension due to the nature and complexities of filing the environmental impact reports the city of Norwalk will need to hire an outside environmental professional and possibly outside legal counsel to assist and advise the city during the review process.

A new date for the public hearing and the closing date for comments will be announced soon.

Comments may be emailed to info@walkbridgect.com, through the project website at www.walkbridgect.com or in writing to Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT, 06111.

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