Train Station Opening Delayed Until Spring

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 28, 2015 9:20 am

Sally E. Bahner While completion of the northerly access to the Branford Train Station is getting close, a couple of problems are delaying its opening.

Key to the station becoming fully functional is installation of the elevators. According to Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton, they were expected to completed by Dec. 21. Completion of the elevators is the “critical path” toward completion, he said.

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World Trade Center PATH Car Welcomed ‘Home’

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 7, 2015 10:13 am

Bill O'Brien Photo It was a homecoming that any hero would take pride in.

With Permission PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) Car 745 survived the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, protected by a cast iron shell, and will take its place among the antique trolleys and cars of the Shore Line Trolley Museum.

East Haven welcomed the new addition on Thursday with a short but poignantly moving parade.

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Excavator Shovel Up In Air Hits Utility Pole Wire

by marcia chambers | Jul 30, 2015 1:13 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo A construction worker in an excavator apparently had his shovel up in the air yesterday when it accidentally came down on a guy-wire, cutting it and causing the top of major utility pole to split in half. (The dangling wire in the photo is believed to be the guy-wire.) 

As a result, 4,100 Eversource customers were without power for about six hours on a very hot day. Power was restored after Eversource quickly sent crews to the site to put up a new pole, which was up and running by 8 p.m.

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Utility Pole Cracked in Half; Power Outage Hits 4,100 Customers

by marcia chambers | Jul 29, 2015 4:57 pm

Mary Johnson Photo About 4,100 Eversource customers are without electrical power this afternoon after a construction worker working near the town’s railroad station off Kirkham Street damaged a utility pole, causing the pole to crack in half.

It is not clear what the construction worker was doing when he damaged the pole but the state Department of Transportation has been at work for many months on a new North side platform.

It turns out this was the worst pole to hit because it was designed to carry two major circuits on the same pole.

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Sybil Creek Bridge: Sidewalks? What Sidewalks?

by Diana Stricker | Apr 23, 2015 7:42 am

With Permission Indian Neck residents and businessmen are relieved that the state plans to replace the 1921 bridge that spans Sybil Creek, but they would like the plans to include more improvements for pedestrian and traffic safety.

Several people said the intersection is dangerous because the sightline is limited and the sidewalks don’t extend far enough. They are asking why the $2.8 million project can’t include a few more safety provisions.

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Woman Killed Driving Wrong Way On I-95

by marcia chambers | Feb 9, 2015 8:28 am | Comments (1)

Branford F.D. A Massachusetts driver leaving the Subway service plaza early Sunday morning apparently made a wide-U turn onto I-95 South, heading in the wrong direction and struck three oncoming cars. The woman, who was driving a 2009 Hyundai Elantra, died in a fiery crash near exit 53 in Branford.

According to state police, who are investigating the four-car accident, the fatal collision took place at about 12: 28 a.m. at the intersection of I-95 Southbound and the southbound rest area, where the Subway restaurant and gas station is located.

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Branford’s Two-Way Railroad Station Gets Rolling

by marcia chambers | Aug 4, 2014 6:11 am

Construction began last week to create two-way platforms at the Branford commuter railroad station, the first major activity in a long-awaited project to expand the town’s busy railroad.

The two separate tracks, serving southbound and northbound Shore Line East commuter trains, will allow for additional commuter trains. 

Town Engineer Janice Plaziak told the Eagle Friday that new high-level platforms, to be connected by bridge and elevator from one side to the other, is expected to be up and running “by the spring of 2015.” The railroad will be similar to the one in Guilford, she said. The elevator is required in order for a public transportation system to comply with the American with Disabilities Act.

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Car, Cop Cycle Collide

by Marcia Chambers | Jul 25, 2014 1:56 pm

Mary Johnson Photo Police Officer Richard Kenney was on his police motorcycle en route to an emergency call today when his motorcycle was hit slightly by a woman driving her car out of a driveway near Campania’s Ristorante at 284 E. Main St. 

Mary Johnson Photo According to Police Chief Kevin Halloran, the near collision occurred just after noon today as Officer Kenney was traveling eastbound on East Main Street with his lights and siren activated. According to Halloran, the car pulled in front of Kenney’s path of travel , forcing Kenney, a traffic division motorcycle and vehicle officer for many years, to take quick and evasive action in order to avoid a direct head-on collision, the chief said in an interview from the scene. To avoid the car, Kenney controlled both his skid and his slide across the pavement. The motorcycle landed on its side.

Initially police thought there was no contact between the vehicles. It turned out that the woman’s car was slightly damaged on one side, officers said.

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Branford Roads Endangered After Hurricanes

by Diana Stricker | May 12, 2014 6:20 am

File Photo Branford has officially approved a regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for its roads and houses, listing Linden Avenue as the number-one project on its wish list for federal funds. (Photo is of Hotchkiss Grove.) 

The proposed Linden Avenue project, with a pricetag of $5 million, would prevent what happened during Tropical Storm Irene, when a surge undermined the only road leading to the Indian Neck-Pawson Park peninsula where 400 families live. (Click here to read about that.) The following year, in 2012, came Hurricane Sandy, one of the deadliest storms in United States history.

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Driver Ignores Stop Sign, Causes Collision

by marcia chambers | Mar 6, 2014 1:53 pm

With Permission Two vehicles collided yesterday when one driver ignored a corner stop sign, kept on driving, collided into another car and then flipped over, police said. Both drivers reported only minor injuries, according to Officer Chris Manner, who investigated the crash.

The accident occurred shortly after 1:15 p.m. and caused Branford police to close off Kirkham Street for about 45 minutes, Police Captain Geoffrey Morgan said.

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