Team to review, improve reliability of Norwalk train bridge

The Walk Bridge in Norwalk (file).
The Walk Bridge in Norwalk (file).

NORWALK, Conn, (WTNH) — State officials along with Metro North have assembled a Short Term Action Team (STAT), to figure out the next step with the Norwalk Walk Bridge.

The bridge has gotten stuck twice in the past few weeks, leading to delays for the trains that use it on a day-to-day basis, causing a nightmare for commuters.

At the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy, and in partnership with the MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast, and Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti, the team will review, investigate and determine the next steps to improve the mechanical reliability of the Walk Bridge.

The STAT team consists of CT-DOT engineers and bridge inspectors, Metro-North engineers, and consultant bridge inspectors and engineers.

The team has already met in Norwalk to collect data on the bridge. They looked at the mechanical components within the structure, and they also inspected virtually all of the moving part of the bridge.

The team will continue to meet over the coming weeks and will provide recommendations within approximately 30 days on steps that can be taken, including short-term upgrades, to better improve the bridge’s reliability.

Recently, the Coast Guard has decided to keep that bridge closed for the time being.

More than 140 trains use that bridge daily between New Haven and New York City.

The Walk Bridge is inspected routinely for structural soundness. Despite recent mechanical ailments, the bridge is safe.

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