In preparation for the construction of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project, the Program is working on a Business Coordination Plan to mitigate construction impacts on local businesses. The Program is evaluating local business operations and identifying the concerns of the community via a Business Coordination Survey launched in March of 2018.
The launch of the survey was accompanied by a public meeting for local business owners, as well as door-to-door outreach to businesses identified near the Walk Bridge Program work areas (see map). Hard copy surveys were made available at information kiosks in city hall, at train stations, and in the Walk Bridge Welcome Center. Electronic surveys have been made available at the Walk Bridge Program website and social media accounts and on the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce website. Posters advertising the surveys were distributed to local businesses and paper surveys and business cards advertising the surveys were handed out at local events like the NICE Festival, The SoNo Arts Festival, and the Oyster Festival.
With the information gathered, the Program will address construction-related impacts through a mitigation plan. This plan will include two-way communications with local businesses regarding the project schedule and activities, as well as strategies to minimize disruptions to businesses.