NORWALK BRIDGE TRANSMISSION RELOCATION PROJECT
As part of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) rebuilding of the Walk Bridge, Eversource must relocate and energize two electric lines that span the top of the bridge in Norwalk, Conn.
CDOT has announced plans to rebuild the Walk Bridge over the Norwalk River, ensuring continued railroad operation along the vital Northeast rail corridor.
To assist with CDOT’s plans, Eversource will first need to move two overhead lines currently following that corridor – allowing CDOT to begin its rebuilding project. This work is necessary to help keep the power flowing in Norwalk.
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Beginning in 2016, Eversource has worked with Norwalk officials, CDOT, and other stakeholders to develop a route that meets all required electrical reliability standards; limits environmental and community impacts; and can be built at a reasonable cost. Several potential routes for the relocation of the lines were reviewed.
The proposed route shown in the map has the two existing lines exiting the railroad corridor at the Norwalk Police Department and transitioning to underground cable beneath the Police Station parking lot and Elizabeth Street. From Water Street, we would place the lines under the Norwalk River; then the lines would continue underground in Veteran’s Memorial Park, in the area of the park entrance off Fort Point Street.
The cables would continue beneath Fort Point Street, where they would reconnect to the rail corridor in the vicinity of the Fort Point Bridge.
In keeping with the Veteran’s Memorial Park long-term development plan, Eversource intends to realign the Fort Point Street entrance with Goldstein Place, as part of the project’s restoration process.
Route length: Approximately 0.75 miles
Line voltage: 115,000 volt (115-kV) underground transmission lines
- Siting review: Connecticut Siting Council
- Environmental permitting: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Public open house: November 13, 2018
- File petition with the Connecticut Siting Council: Fourth Quarter 2021
- File environmental permits with CT DEEP: Fourth Quarter 2021
- Begin construction: Third Quarter 2022
- Complete construction: Fourth Quarter 2023
- Complete restoration: Fourth Quarter 2023
November 1 through November 30 crews will be conducting field surveys, including subsurface investigations, in Norwalk on South Main Street, Elizabeth Street, Water Street, Washington Street and Fort Point Street.
These field surveys provide us with valuable information about the field conditions surrounding our infrastructure.
Please note this work will not interrupt electric service to your property, and all people working in the field will carry proper identification. These survey activities do not indicate the start of construction on the project.
Public Open House
Eversource held an Open House on November 13, 2018, at the Norwalk City Hall Community Room to share information about the Norwalk Bridge Transmission Relocation Project. The Open House gave residents and businesses an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback.
Communications & Public Outreach
At Eversource, we’re pleased to serve the neighborhoods where we work and live. Beginning with municipal briefings and community outreach efforts related to the Norwalk Bridge Transmission Relocation Project, we have made a concerted effort to engage town officials, residents, businesses and other stakeholders to inform, answer questions, and listen to concerns about the project.
As the proposed project proceeds through the siting and permitting process, we will continue to keep you informed.
For more information, send an email to ProjectInfo@eversource.com or call 800-793-2202.