CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7546
|FOR RELEASE: June 8, 2016
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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065
Fender Repair Project to Begin on June 13 on the Walk Bridge in Norwalk
The Connecticut Department of Transportation will begin priority repairs to the Walk Bridge fender system, which is anticipated to cause minimal impacts to the navigable river channel below the bridge in Norwalk. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday June 13, 2016.
The Walk Bridge carries four New Haven Line railroad tracks over the Norwalk River. It swings open and closed to accommodate commercial and private marine traffic on the river. The fender repair project is part of the work that must be completed before the bridge itself is replaced beginning in 2018.
The project will replace deteriorated portions of the existing fender system including the installation of new timber support piles and new horizontal timber bracing. There will be noise from barge mounted equipment in the river. In-water construction activities will include the demolition of deteriorated portions of the existing fender system and installation of new timbers.
The work will be carried out during the evening and nighttime hours on weeknights. Construction equipment will be positioned in the east channel during work hours and will be moved off site each day. No traffic impacts are anticipated.
Preconstruction activities will be carried out during daytime hours with nearly no impacts to the navigable channel. This work is necessary as mandated by the United States Coast Guard.
DOT Project No. 0301-0172 was signed by the Cianbro Corporation of Bloomfield, CT on August 31, 2015 with an estimated cost of $800,000 and is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2016.