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Rilling: Next phase of Walk Bridge is underway

A potenial Walk Bridge design, as presented in June by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to a Norwalk Design Advisory Committee.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

The City learned this week that after months of meetings with City Officials and community members, CT DOT has passed its first hurdle in the Walk Bridge Project and has secured permission from the Federal Transit Administration to move forward to the next phase of the project.

“This determination is only the first phase of the Walk Bridge replacement project,” explained Mayor Rilling.   “While the FTA uses the term “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) to describe the end of the first phase, the finding does not mean that Norwalk will not be impacted by the project – it is a term that means that working together there are things that can be done to mitigate the short and long term effects of the project.  In fact, there are many more phases to follow including numerous permits from state and federal agencies.

While the CT DOT has been working closely with the City of Norwalk and interested stakeholders to advance this project, there remains much work ahead to work out the fine details of the project including environmental mitigation, bridge design, construction sequencing, traffic and parking mitigation as well as support for economic impact mitigation for area businesses. “

“My team has facilitated 28 meetings over the past 8 months between CT DOT and various stakeholder groups,” Mayor Rilling stated.  “We will continue to work diligently to ensure that the project will cause the least amount of disruption to the environment, residents and businesses in the areas surrounding the Walk Bridge.  It is our top priority. To this end, we will continue to monitor all activities, undertake necessary planning and work with the CT DOT to ensure that the City of Norwalk, its residents, businesses and visitors are protected from known impacts.

We have much more planning ahead of us to ensure that the interests of our community are properly addressed before the project gets under way in 2019.  I ask for the community and stakeholders to continue to take an interest, provide feedback and to prepare and plan for the upcoming project.”

 

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4 comments

Donna July 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

Your Honor, can you elaborate on the individuals that comprise your “team” referenced above?

A press release saying nothing. Great job, Mayor Rilling!

Debora Goldstein July 29, 2017 at 11:52 am

The stakeholders of East Norwalk have asked that the roadway on East Avenue not be lowered. The stakeholders of East Norwalk have asked the State to make them whole for the permanent loss in utility revenue to the TTD which will come at the expense of the remaining business and residential rate-payers. The stake-holders of East Norwalk have asked that the state consider lower cost fixed bridge or restoration of the existing structure. The stakeholders of East Norwalk asked that you find a staging solution that didn’t displace long-established businesses from our community.

The answers have been NO in every case.

Which stake-holders, pray tell, have you actually been listening to? And will they be suffering the overwhelming impacts with hardly any benefit as East Norwalk has?

Oh, if only we had received press releases touting the high-speed rail project promising even more havoc to East Norwalk BEFORE their public participation closed and their FONSI was issued. You know, the federal project that is going to make our billion dollar bridge obsolete in 20 or 30 years?

Apparently Norwalk can only involve “stakeholders” in one transportation project at a time…

Donna July 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Rilling uses the pontifical “we” to suggest he’s actually been listening to stakeholders. East Avenue has been a major mess as long as I can remember–at least 20 years. The decision to replace the Walk Bridge with a costly moveable bridge rather than repair the existing bridge and/or make it a fixed bridge appears to be influenced by unknown stakeholders who seem to have excess influence over the Mayor and the DOT. It’s criminal to disrupt these neighborhoods, already overburdened with congestion, and offer nothing in the way of compensation to the taxpayers and businesses negatively impacted by a project whose principal beneficiary is the MTA and Amtrak. I try to avoid Metro North, and it’s not the Walk Bridge that’s scared me away. When I relocated from an NJ Transit area to a Metro North area, I thought I was trading up. Over the course of 28 years, Metro North has consistently traded down on services and timeliness, alienating passengers in the process. And now “we” seem to be opting for the costliest, most disruptive resolution to an MTA/Amtrak problem.

Rick July 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

From the city I read very little facts from the rail industry,this may suggest not even the city has them.

When does Shore front park get the lab results from the 9 months plus of testing that has been done at their beach?

These meeting the State had was to confuse the players.

Environmental reports were lacking ,traffic counts where did they come up with the numbers ? When? when school was in or out?

When it takes two hours to go 60 miles on 95 what type of travel time was given on our streets?

Once again concessions were plentiful for those on teams, consideration was based on whose facts?

Using the power plant for a staging area was funny {…}

Maybe Stantec helped out lent their professional staff with some help while they leave RYAN Park a mess.

Its what Norwalk voted for its what Norwalk gets.

Bridges are bridges most get put together like lego blocks 6 maybe 8 lifts fora finished product.

Compare the bridges alonng 95 for Amtrack thgey all look the same dont they?

Facts were red herrings the State never once volunteered facts where was our environmental experts the city has?

Where ws all the information on how and when the Washinton st bridge is going to be replaced?

The Strofilino breaks down all the time,more its used more it breaks,wonder what the count was for openings each day just for construction I missed that number.

Isn’t it a fact when the bridge breaks it takes over an hour sometimes two for a responce by the bridge crew?

High tide closes water st once in a while so the alternate route has been named?

The House boat at vets park,we all know it costs money to park there overnight what did the city do give a monthly rate?

This comment was edited to avoid character assassination by innuendo, which is against the comments policy.

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