Why Are We Doing This Project?
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced plans to rebuild the Walk Bridge over the Norwalk River, ensuring continued railroad operation along the vital Northeast rail corridor.
We must relocate and energize two electric lines that span the top of the bridge as part of the rebuilding.
This work is necessary to help keep the power flowing in Norwalk.
Where Is This Work Being Done?
We have been working with Norwalk officials, CDOT and other stakeholders since 2016 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 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. The lines would then 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.
We intend to realign the Fort Point Street entrance with Goldstein Place as part of the project's restoration process and in keeping with the Veteran's Memorial Park long-term development plan.