Report by Paula Antolini
November 15, 2017 6:39PM EDT
CT DOT Performs Work on the Danbury Branch Line, Nov. 17 – Nov. 19
Message from CT State Senator Toni Boucher:
CT Department of Transportation will suspend rail service on the Danbury Branch Line beginning at 9:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Buses will be substituted for trains between South Norwalk and Danbury and may operate as many as 20 minutes earlier than scheduled trains. Service will resume in the morning on Monday, Nov. 20.
Click HERE to view the bus schedule for this outage.
This project, known as the Danbury Branch Dockyard Project, will electrify the southern portion of the Danbury Branch – where it splits from the mainline – to the crossing at Jennings Place, approximately one mile north to the Dockyard in Norwalk. The project will provide the midline yard location where New Haven Line trains can layover when not in.
The Project also includes the addition of two new track sidings, track replacement, signal work, new catenary systems, structures, and the replacement of the rail bridge superstructure over Ann Street. The superstructure replacement will include new weathering steel deck spans, which will maintain the 19th century character of the bridge.
The Danbury Branch Dockyard project is part of the Walk Bridge Program to replace the 121-year old movable bridge over the Norwalk River.
When complete, the new Walk Bridge will provide a vital link in the regional passenger and freight rail system improving performance, reliability, and safety. The new bridge will also improve navigation on the Norwalk River, support continued economic growth, and provide community and environmental benefits.