The Walk Bridge Program CP243 Interlocking & Danbury Dockyard Improvements Project is an interim contract in advance of the Bridge Replacement Project managed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). The Cianbro-Middlesex Joint Venture (CMJV) is the Construction Manager/General Contractor for the entire Walk Bridge Program and the current two projects have a combined projected cost of approximately $237M with “the Dockyard” estimated at approximately $65M and “CP-243” estimated at approximately $171M with an estimated completion date in January of 2021.
The two projects comprise the first stage of construction in preparation for the replacement of Walk Railroad Bridge spanning the Norwalk River. Both projects originate from the center of the City of Norwalk, CT and include the installation of a new interlocking on the east approach along with upgrading the passenger spur line heading north out of Norwalk to Danbury. The improvements to CP-243 and the Dockyard are required to facilitate necessary staging in anticipation of the construction of the new vertical lift bridge.
Currently, the joint venture has commenced the Dockyard rail bed construction in preparation for the of new track structures which will be installed by subcontractor Herzog Contracting Corporation. The rail bed construction includes, among other activities, clearing and grubbing, excavation and removal of the existing rail bed, and the replacement of the rail bridge spanning over Ann Street at the south end of the project limits.
Looking forward in 2018, scheduled work includes the installation of new signal houses and support structures, track work construction, overhead catenary system upgrades and the installation of submarine cables at the Walk and Saga Bridges. Additionally, the joint venture team continues to work to support the design efforts for Walk Bridge.
Team Members in Norwalk include Project Superintendent Tim Cooney, Assistant Superintendent Tony Moutinho, Project Engineer Mike Kranich, Project Engineer Mike Frechette, Project Engineer Mike Sutyla, Surveyor Justin Woychowski, Surveyor Martin Post and Environmental Coordinator Greg Gallagher.
Estimating and pre-construction planning continues for the new Walk Bridge with Senior Project Manager Jeff Roig, Estimating Manager Joel Shaw, Senior Estimator Ed Baldovin, Estimator Dan Mallen, Project Engineer Heba El-Sherbiny and Office Engineer Wendell Carr.