The Fort Point Street Bridge was built in 1941, with the stone retaining walls near the bridge built in 1896. The age of the retaining walls and changes to track alignment require the replacement of the bridge to maintain reliable rail infrastructure. The existing bridge is replaced with a 42 foot, four-track span, increasing the roadway width by approximately 14.5 feet while preserving the existing vertical clearance. The bridge is built in halves to coincide with track closures for the Walk Bridge replacement, reducing the duration of local construction activities and rail service disruptions.
The new bridge is built to the west of the existing structure to accommodate a realignment of Fort Point Street with South Smith Street creating a T-intersection with improved sightlines. The new intersection, widened travel lanes, new sidewalks and additional bike lanes improve safety and reliability for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Relocating the bridge to the west also allows Fort Point Street to remain open during construction, alleviating traffic impacts in East Norwalk.
Construction will begin approximately two years into construction of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project and last approximately three years.