NORWALK, Conn. – The state Bond Commission approved $4 million Tuesday to design, engineer and construct an upgraded dock yard on the New Haven Line’s Danbury Branch in South Norwalk.
The existing yard – which consists of one mainline track and two sidings – is located to the south of Science Road and the city’s transfer station. It lies between an unused portion of Crescent Street to the west and Oyster Shell Park.
According to Judd Everhart, spokesman for the state’s Department of Transportation, the project will add sidings and extend electrification to the yard.
The existing overhead catenary is de-energized, which means Metro-North’s new M-8 cars cannot operate in the yard. Service on the Danbury Branch is provided by trains pulled and pushed by diesel-electric locomotives.
Everhart said the improved yard will provide a place to “turn” – meaning reverse the direction of – mainline trains during construction of the new WALK bridge.
WALK bridge carries the four-track mainline over the Norwalk River between East and South Norwalk. Currently, trains turn on the bridge, Everhart said.
Afterward, Everhart said, the yard will provide operational improvements by serving as a place to turn and start trains without blocking the mainline, and to store trains.