The following is a list of Walk Bridge Program milestones achieved to date as well as those that are anticipated to be achieved in the near future:
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2018
Construction of the CP243 Interlocking Project
As of August 2018, initial surveying and track monitoring was completed on the CP243 Interlocking Project. Tree trimming and the removal of Track 4 (southern most track) has been completed. Work continues with the installation of catenary foundations, as well as slope and rock excavation along Track 4.
Construction of the Danbury Branch Dockyard Project
The removal of tracks 2, 4, and 6, tree clearing, the removal of overhead wires was completed as of August 2018. The Phase I of the Ann Street Railroad Bridge Superstructure replacement continues with an anticipated completion of November 2018. Phase I of the Ann Street Bridge replacement focused on the eastern tracks, which included the removal and replacement of bridge abutments, installation of new tracks, drilling and installation of new catenary foundations.
Walk Bridge Program Welcome Center
The Walk Bridge Program Welcome Center opened in February 2018. The Welcome Center provides a space for interested parties to learn about the Walk Bridge Program and to raise issues and concerns. It is a meeting space for program activities as well as for community organizations. The Welcome Center contains informative panels, fact sheets, brochures and other materials for the public about the Program.
Walk Bridge 60% Design Completion
The 60% design plans for the Walk Bridge Replacement Project were submitted July 2018, with a supplemental set completed in early August 2018.
Establishment of the Contractor Yard—Goldstein Place
Vacant properties located on Goldstein Place were demolished in July 2018 to accommodate a contractor staging area for the Walk Bridge Replacement Project.
Archaeological Excavation Reveals Significant Findings
The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced findings of an archaeological excavation conducted by the Walk Bridge Program in August 2018. The excavation revealed the remnants of a 17th century Native American fort believed to be used in trade with the Dutch. All artifacts will be excavated, preserved, and analyzed before being made available for public viewing.
Test Pile Program
The Test Pile Program will begin driving test sheets and steel piles and collecting noise and vibration data to help inform construction operations and verify geotechnical calculations in Fall 2018.
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2017
Construction of the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects
Construction of the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects started in Fall 2017.
Walk Bridge Final Environmental Documents
The environmental process for the Walk Bridge reached completion with the issuance of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Record of Decision (ROD) under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act in July 2017.
Section 106 Charrette
A final Design Charrette was held with Section 106 stakeholders on May 10, 2017 to review final drafts of the CP243 Interlocking, Danbury Branch Dockyard and Walk Bridge Project's Memorandums of Agreement related to historic resources.
Walk Bridge 30% Design Completion
The Walk Bridge 30% design was submitted on March 31, 2017.
Final CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Designs
The final designs for the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects were completed in early 2017.
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2016
Public Hearing on EA/EIE
A Public Hearing on the EA/EIE was held on November 17, 2016 to review the environmental process and findings summary. The public had the opportunity to comment at the hearing.
Public Comment Period for the EA/EIE
Stakeholders in the Norwalk Community had the opportunity to comment on the EA/EIE for the Walk Bridge. Comments are addressed in the final environmental documents.
Environmental Assessment/Section 4(f) Evaluation / Environmental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) Published
The Environmental Assessment/Section 4(f) Evaluation / Environmental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) for the replacement of the Walk Bridge was published on September 6, 2016.
The final environmental documents are anticipated to be a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act and a Record of Decision (ROD) under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act.
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2015
Section 106 Process
As part of the Section 106 Process regarding impacts to historic resources, a preliminary historic assessment was conducted to identify the Area of Potential Effect. A design charrette was held on August 13, 2015 to identify potential impacts and mitigation for historic resources.
An Agency Scoping meeting conducted on March 5, 2015 continued to identify the overall scope of the environmental reveiw and resources to be evaluated in the Environmental Assessment/Enviromental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) under the joint NEPA/CEPA process.
A Public Scoping meeting, conducted on February 24, 2015 identified the overall scope of the environmental review and resources to be evalauted in the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Evaluation (EAE/EIE) under the joint NEPA/CEPA process.
CTDOT identified necessary acquisitions and consruction easements and started working directly with impacted property owners.
Future Walk Bridge Program Milestones
Mitigation Plans Complete
Mitigation plans for Walk Bridge construction operations will be complete in Spring 2019. These plans will inform construction operations to maximize opportunities and reduce impacts to the best extent possible.
Walk Bridge Final Design
Submission of the Final Design for the Walk Bridge Replacement Project is expected to occur in 2019.
Walk Bridge Start of Construction
Construction of the new Walk Bridge is anticipated to start in summer 2020.
Replacement of the Fort Point Street Railroad Bridge and Road Realignment
Fort Point Street will be realigned and widened to improve sightlines and reduce traffic. The program will take advantage of track outages during Walk Bridge construction to complete work on the Fort Point Street Bridge replacement.
Replacement of Osborne and East Avenue Railroad Bridges
Replacement of the Osborne Avenue Bridge, the East Avenue Bridge and supplementary roadway will begin approximately 1.5 years into construction of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project.
High Tower Removal
Removal of the high towers in South and East Norwalk are expected to occur in Spring/Summer 2021.