Tuesday, June 17, 2003
It’s not quite on the scale of Boston’s multi-year, multi-billion dollar big dig highway and tunnel epic, but Westport’s mini big dig project is well underway at the town’s main train station, using technology copied from Boston.
Giant diggers have begun scooping out earth near the west end of the station’s New Haven-bound platform for a new pedestrian tunnel.
The innovative tunnel jacking technique being used, similar to that in Boston, is aimed at completing the work without disruption of traffic above.
The goal of the 18-month, $7.8 million project is to make the 160-year-old station more user-friendly and comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Because the station is eligible for listing as an historic structure on the state registry, all work must conform to specified procedures for such structures.
Construction includes an elevator to carry passengers between the platform, parking lot, and tunnel levels. The existing tunnel will also be renovated.
Additional work includes installation of textured warning strips, similar to those in Grand Central Terminal, at the edge of the platform, increased site lighting, and general improvements to the parking lots, platform ramps, stairs, and landscaping.
Within the Railroad Place station house itself, an ADA-compatible ticket window will be installed and the restrooms, heating, and lighting will all be renovated.
Posted 06/17/03 at 10:17 AM Permalink