NORWALK, Conn. – Swift action to remove a Norwalk eyesore was applauded by
state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), who Tuesday released a public thank you.
In his Aug. 23 letter to Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, Duff said he wanted to note that the longstanding problem – a graffiti-covered rail car sitting on the North Water Street overpass – was quickly resolved by DOT and the Metropolitan Transit Authority staff.
"Several weeks ago, at my request, DOT Rail Operations Administrator Gene Colonese and MTA New Haven Line Supervisor John Longobardi worked with CSX Rail to move a graffiti-covered rail car out of sight lines of the Reed Street overpass area," Duff wrote. "As you know, the state has invested considerable resources in improving this major thoroughfare into historic South Norwalk. It was an eyesore that didn't put our best foot forward to those who live, work or visit the area.
"Oftentimes, we forget to thank those that help us with the small details that contribute to improving the quality of life in our communities. I wish to extend my sincerest thanks to Gene and John for working together with the owner of the car to find a solution that benefits everyone."
As part of the $20 million redevelopment of the Reed-Putnam area, which included a new railroad bridge, a $6 million North Water Street underpass project was completed last December. It allows the roadway to go under the Metro-North Railroad tracks near Water Avenue and into South Norwalk.