DOT: I-95 Bridge at Exit 55 in Poor Condition

by Diana Stricker | Feb 15, 2017 9:15 am

With Permission Plans to replace the aging, well-travelled I-95 bridge at Exit 55 and widen Route 1 will result in the same number of lanes for now, but will allow space for additional lanes if needed in the future.

Veronica Calin, DOT transportation engineer, said a recent bridge inspection resulted in a rating of 4, which indicates poor condition. The scale runs from 1, which is imminent failure; to 9, which is excellent.

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DOT Seeks New I-95 Bridge at Exit 55

by Diana Stricker | Jan 27, 2017 9:00 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker Photo The state DOT is proposing a $13.8 million project to replace the I-95 bridge at Exit 55 in Branford and to widen Route 1 below the span. However, it all depends on the availability of state and federal funds.

The DOT will hold a public information meeting Tuesday Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the community room at Branford Fire Headquarters.

The proposal is currently in the preliminary design phase, and public comments are being sought prior to the final design phase. If plans proceed as estimated and if funding is available, construction could begin in the spring of 2019.

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A Blue Ribbon Opening for Branford Train Station

by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 29, 2016 9:09 am

Mary Johnson Photo Citing its asset to the town and beyond, state and local officials snipped the bright blue ribbon and declared the newly expanded Branford Train Station officially open.

However, not surprisingly, the station will not be fully operational until Saturday, Nov. 5. Delays in this railroad project have been a recurring theme since it got underway in 2013. 

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Soft Opening Today for Two-Way Branford Train Station

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Dare we say it’s happening?

After delays due to site problems, winter weather, elevator parts, and, most recently, the Train Approach Messaging System (TAMS), the actual train moment arrives today. 

As of 6 a.m. today the orange cones and caution tape at the head of the Kiss & Go drive on Kirkham Street were removed and passengers will have access to the north side of the Branford Train Station.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 9, 2016 7:10 am

This weekend marks 15 years since the attack on the World Trade Center, and there are three fitting events that commemorate that day: a morning service at Fire Headquarters, an evening service at Ecology Park and the dedication of PATH car 745 at the Shoreline Trolley Museum. On a lighter note, rub elbows with fairies at Guilford’s Dudley Farm, and sample fine coffees and dine Italian to benefit two great cat rescue organizations. Looking ahead, nothing says fall like pumpkins, so check out the Seymour Pumpkin Festival – just a short drive away.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Fairy Fest

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Train Station Delay: DOT Officials on Hot Seat

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 2, 2016 7:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Department of Transportation (DOT) officials fielded numerous questions this week as they tried to answer for the multitude of delays in the opening of the northbound side of the Branford Train Station. At a meeting at Fire Headquarters they addressed the concerns of state legislators, town officials, and the public.

Ultimately, the delays came down to site problems, manufacturing problems, and the tangled web that is MetroNorth, Shoreline East, and Amtrak. Amtrak emerged as one of the key factors in the ongoing delays of the project, which is now scheduled to open for two-way rail service on Sept. 30th.

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September Train Station Opening? Briefing Wednesday

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 30, 2016 11:00 am | Comments (2)

File Photo Two days before a briefing by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) on the much-delayed Branford Train Station project, the Eagle has learned that the opening is now planned for the end of September. Fingers crossed.

The briefing, open to the public, will take place at the Branford Fire Headquarters on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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Latest Train Station Delay Dubbed ‘Embarrassing’

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2016 10:07 am | Comments (5)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The delay in completion of a two-way Branford Train Station, now five years or two years beyond deadline depending on how you count, continues. And Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton is not happy.

Fullerton learned last week of the latest delay in the two-way project, which was first announced in August 2008, with an expected June 2011 completion at that time.  Then came years of delay before shovels hit the ground. 

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Town’s Boat Launch Closes July 18

by Diana Stricker | Jul 6, 2016 7:00 am

File Photo The good news is the town’s boat launch on the Branford River was open during the first part of the summer. The bad news is that it will be closed for re-construction from July 18 through Nov. 14, 2016.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is replacing the aging launch at 38 Goodsell Point Road with a new state-of-the-art structure. The DEEP said in February that the closure would begin in late spring, but it recently announced the exact dates.

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