The Walk Bridge Program consists of more than a half-dozen infrastructure projects that increase safety, reliability and ease of travel throughout Norwalk. This Program advances Norwalk’s railroad transportation infrastructure into the 21st century, while improving local roads and sidewalks for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Follow the links below to learn more about the major Program projects.
The existing 124-year-old, deteriorating railroad bridge that carries four tracks over the Norwalk River will be replaced with a two-span, vertical lift bridge.
A four-track interlocking system installed on the New Haven Line near Norden Place provides greater service flexibility by allowing trains to easily switch from one track to another.
Newly installed and electrified railroad tracks on the Danbury Branch allow trains traveling to/from Grand Central Terminal to be redirected back to New York without utilizing the New Haven mainline tracks. Infrastructure upgrades include a replacement of the Ann Street railroad bridge, revitalized dockyard area and new catenary structures.
The existing bridge is replaced and the support structure is rehabilitated to improve infrastructure and maintain reliable rail operations.
The East Avenue railroad bridge is replaced and accompanied by improvements to the roadway, sidewalks and East Norwalk Train Station.
The Fort Point Street Bridge is replaced and Fort Point Street is realigned with S. Smith Street, increasing safety and improving visibility for drivers and pedestrians
*The Fort Point Street, East Avenue and Osborne Avenue projects are completed simultaneously with the Walk Bridge Replacement to take advantage of scheduled track outages and streamline work. This approach reduces rail disruptions, lowers costs and shortens construction durations.
The Program’s comprehensive approach improves elements beyond the railroad and local roads. The Program seeks to protect Norwalk’s beautiful waterfront through wetland preservation, while expanding waterfront access through the addition of bike and pedestrian trails and a new city dock. Educational panels are placed along the river to enrich the enjoyment of Norwalk’s natural landscapes. The Norwalk River is dredged as part of the Walk Bridge Program, preventing the riverbanks from becoming stagnant and preserving the attractiveness of Norwalk’s waterfront.
The collective work under the Walk Bridge program boosts economic development through infrastructure investment, the protection of potential up-river development, increased railroad reliability and reduced road congestion for residents, commuters and tourists. The Program offers enhancements to one of Norwalk’s most notable tourist attractions, the Maritime Aquarium. The Aquarium receives upgrades to its exhibits while the IMAX Theater is replaced with a state-of-the-art 4D theater, built to the north of the Aquarium. Another tourist attraction, The Lockwood Mathews Museum, receives an educational exhibit on Norwalk’s railroading history and restoration of the historic fencing surrounding the property.
Culture, education and community participation are important elements of the Program. The Walk Bridge Welcome Center serves as a focal point in Program partnerships with the Norwalk Community. The Program uses the space to offer an education program, using the Walk Bridge as a concrete example of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math in the real world. The Welcome Center facilitates partnerships with local arts organizations to provide exposure for local artists and add to Norwalk’s vibrant arts community.