ConnDOT: DOT Inspection Teams, Engineers and Metro-North Crews Converge on Walk Bridge
2014

CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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FOR RELEASE: June 16, 2014
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DOT Inspection Teams, Engineers and Metro-North Crews Converge on Walk Bridge
 
 
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, and in partnership with MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti, CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker has assembled a Short Term Action Team (STAT) to review, investigate and determine next steps, all to be taken in the near term, to improve the mechanical reliability of the Walk Bridge.
 

The STAT team met today in Norwalk collecting data on the interaction of mechanical components within the structure as well as inspecting virtually all of the moving parts of the bridge.

 

“While preliminary design has begun for the replacement of the 118-year old Walk Bridge, we need to take immediate steps to ensure its reliability.  At Governor Malloy’s urging, I am empowering our STAT team to take whatever actions are necessary to make sure that we can count on the bridge to open and close as needed, without any glitches,”  said Commissioner Redeker.

 

The STAT team consists of CTDOT engineers and bridge inspectors,  Metro-North engineers, and consultant bridge inspectors and engineers.  The team will continue to meet over the coming weeks and will provide recommendations within approximately 30 days on steps that can be taken, including short-term upgrades, to better improve the bridge’s reliability.

 

“Key to curing the problem is finding out exactly why certain components failed to perform as they should have. I have every confidence that our STAT team will provide a clear picture and roadmap for us to move forward with in a tactical and fast-acting manner,” added Commissioner Redeker. “There is a path forward here and we need to be on it as quickly as possible.”

 

The Walk Bridge is inspected routinely for structural soundness.  Despite recent mechanical ailments, the bridge is safe.