Thursday, October 02, 2014
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (ConnDOT) plan to close a $188 million funding gap for the design and replacement of the New Haven Line’s 118-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk.
The bridge malfunctioned in two separate incidents within a two week period over the summer, causing chaos on the nation’s busiest commuter rail line.
Malloy made the announcement at a news conference in front of the bridge surrounded by local officials.
He said since the malfunctions, repairs and procedures necessary to minimize the risk for failure in the short-term have been put into place and the state has “aggressively pursued the funding necessary to implement a realistic finance plan that will bring us all the way from design to a full replacement as soon as possible.”
The federal government recently awarded ConnDOT $161 million for infrastructure hardening purposes which, combined with existing state funds designated for the Walk Bridge replacement, gives Connecticut about $277 million to put toward the $465 million total estimated project cost.
Malloy today outlined additional steps that will make up the $188 million funding gap. In all, the project will be funded with 34 percent state funds and 66 percent federal funds, he said.
He said the additional funding sources that will provide the $188 million needed for the project are:
—Federal Transit Administration regular program apportionment funding for fiscal years 2016-2018 in the amount of approximately $146 million with a state matching requirement of $36.5 million over the three years for a total of $182.5 million.
—An additional $68 million of state bond funds over the three year period.
Malloy also outlined the state’s aggressive schedule for the project which is using an “alternative delivery” process, specifically the Construction Manager/General Contractor process.
ConnDOT will issue a request for qualifications this month to start contractor selection and expects the design for the replacement bridge, which began in July, to be complete by 2016.
With a contract bid package complete by late 2016, construction of the replacement bridge could begin in 2017 with a completion date in 2020, Malloy said.
The combination of the additional funding and the alternative project delivery method will result in getting this project done many years ahead of the original schedule for the project, he said.
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Good news. Now Conn DOT must start thinking about financing new bridges over the Saugatuck, Houstonic and Greenwich harbor. All are about the same 100years old as Walk bridgte.