Rethink the Walk Bridge at Norwalk, Connecticut
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We call on the Connecticut Commissioner of Transportation, James P. Redeker, to conduct a full and complete evaluation of alternative proposals for replacing the Walk Bridge in Norwalk, including fixing the current bridge shut or replacing it with a bridge built to the same height in a fixed position.
The State of Connecticut, supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Association, plans to replace the Walk Bridge spanning Connecticut’s Norwalk River with a costly and disruptive new lift bridge at a price tag of approximately $1 Billion.
We believe less costly and disruptive alternatives are possible, including fixing the existing bridge in a shut position or building a replacement bridge in a fixed position at the same level as the current bridge. Low profile tug boats can service the one industry still operating north of the bridge. Accommodations can be made to support the marine repair yard. Tall mast boats can be offered new moorings down river. The key is for the state to conduct a proper evaluation of the plans best suited for the City of Norwalk, access to the river and the harbor, Metro North and Amtrak commuters, and the people and taxpayers of Connecticut.
Commissioner Redeker, rethink the Walk Bridge!
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