The following is a list of Walk Bridge Program milestones achieved to date as well as those that are anticipated to be achieved in the near future:
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2017
Section 106 Charrette
A final Design Charrette was held with Section 106 stakeholders on May 10, 2017 to review final drafts of the CP243 Interlocking, Danbury Branch Dockyard and Walk Bridge Project's Memorandums of Agreement related to historic resources.
Walk Bridge 30% Design Completion
The Walk Bridge 30% design was submitted on March 31, 2017.
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2016
Public Hearing on EA/EIE
A Public Hearing on the EA/EIE was held on November 17, 2016 to review the environmental process and findings summary. The public had the opportunity to comment at the hearing.
Final CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Designs
The final designs for the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects were subbmitted in Fall 2016.
Public Comment Period for the EA/EIE
Stakeholders in the Norwalk Community had the opportunity to comment on the EA/EIE for the Walk Bridge. Comments are addressed in the final environmental documents.
Environmental Assessment/Section 4(f) Evaluation / Environmental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) Published
The Environmental Assessment/Section 4(f) Evaluation / Environmental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) for the replacement of the Walk Bridge was published on September 6, 2016.
The final environmental documents are anticipated to be a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act and a Record of Decision (ROD) under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act.
Walk Bridge Program Milestones Achieved in 2015
Section 106 Process
As part of the Section 106 Process regarding impacts to historic resources, a preliminary historic assessment was conducted to identify the Area of Potential Effect. A design charrette was held on August 13, 2015 to identify potential impacts and mitigation for historic resources.
An Agency Scoping meeting conducted on March 5, 2015 continued to identify the overall scope of the environmental reveiw and resources to be evaluated in the Environmental Assessment/Enviromental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) under the joint NEPA/CEPA process.
A Public Scoping meeting, conducted on February 24, 2015 identified the overall scope of the environmental review and resources to be evalauted in the Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Evaluation (EAE/EIE) under the joint NEPA/CEPA process.
CTDOT identified necessary acquisitions and consruction easements and started working directly with impacted property owners.
Future Walk Bridge Program Milestones
Construction of the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects
Construction of the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects is anticipated to start in Fall 2017. Selective tree trimming/cutting will be completed to facilitate railroad catenary construction.
Walk Bridge Program Walk In Center
A Public Involvement Storefront for the Walk Bridge Program is anticipated to open in Fall 2017. The Storefront will provide the community an opportunity to learn more about the Program through events, interactive site tours, arts programs and exhibits. Program staff will be available at the storefront for informal discussion and to answer questions.
Walk Bridge Final Environmental Documents
The environmental process for the Walk Bridge is anticipated to reach completion with the issuance of the final environmental documents in early Fall 2017.
The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Record of Decision (ROD) under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act are anticipated.
Walk Bridge 60% Design
The Walk Bridge Project design is anticipated to reach 60% completion in early 2018.
Walk Bridge Start of Construction
Construction of the Walk Bridge is anticipated to start in 2019. Adjacent projects such as the Fort Point Street, Osborne Avenue and East Avenue Bridges and the East Avenue Roadway will be completed during the 4-5 year Walk Bridge construction.