The U.S. Coast Guard mandated repairs on the existing fender system at the center (pivot) pier of the Walk Bridge to avoid a public safety issue due to the condition at the east channel. The fender system protects both the bridge and maritime traffic from damage in the event of a collision. The repairs were made in the summer of 2016 to replace deteriorated portions of the existing fender system with new timber support piles and horizontal timber walers (bracing).
CTDOT and the contractor, Cianbro-Middlesex Joint Venture (CMJV), coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard, City of Norwalk, Harbor Management Commission, Metro-North Railroad and local commercial and private maritime users in advance of and throughout the construction to ensure the passage of vessels during construction periods. The Program also coordinated with local businesses, residents and commuters to communicate all upcoming construction activities.
Although the fender repairs were needed to ensure continued safe operations of the bridge and maritime traffic, the work did not include construction on the existing Walk Bridge itself. This repair was a necessary maintenance activity. View the Fender Repair Project Factsheet