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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Amtrak Confirms Acela Express Struck Woman

by Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Jun 17, 2016 7:02 am

With PermissionSarah Graham Addy, 31, left a note on Monday telling her family she was going for a hike in the woods nearby. Soon after, Acela Express Train 2158, traveling eastbound from Washington to Boston, reported having “struck something” around 2 p.m. Monday in Stony Creek. The train did not stop.

“There was no interruption of service at that time,” Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said yesterday, adding that train service was first “put on hold” when Addy’s body was found Tuesday evening along the railroad tracks just east of Thimble Island Road.

A new timeline in the death of Addy, 31, emerged yesterday as the Eagle sought information from Amtrak, which assisted Branford and state police in their search for Addy, a search that was officially announced shortly after noon Tuesday. Police investigators initially said they believed Addy was struck by an eastbound train “sometimes during the nighttime hours” Monday night. 

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Train Station Grand Opening: Getting Closer

by Sally E. Bahner | May 25, 2016 7:13 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Department of Transportation officials are counting down the weeks to the completion of the Branford Train Station redo, a project that has been in the works since May 2013 and when finished will provide two-way train travel.

As of December 2015, much of the work hinged on installation of the elevators, which enable access to the north side of the tracks. According to DOT Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton, they have now been installed, but have not yet passed inspection. “State elevator inspectors will perform that,” Fullerton said. “Hopefully within a week or so.”

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Harbor Street Bridge Gets Makeover

by Diana Stricker | Apr 28, 2016 7:59 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It’s going to take a little longer to get to Parker Memorial Park and Branford Point in 2017 because of a proposed six-month project to replace the Harbor Street Bridge which was built in 1940..

“You’re going to be doing construction when everyone is heading to the beach and boats,” one woman said during an informational meeting last week. 

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DMV Debacle May Scramble Town & City Grand Lists

by marcia chambers | Feb 19, 2016 2:04 pm

Blunders in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) new software computer program have led to errors in addresses and tax town codes for registered vehicles throughout the state, the state’s top assessors say.

The latest DMV debacle may well affect the ability of town and city assessors to properly complete grand (or tax) lists on time as the budget season approaches. 

This motor vehicle fiasco comes a month after DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Jan. 19 he would resign his post at the end of the week. As it turns out, Ayala was apparently briefed about the motor vehicle debacle when he met with John Rainaldi, president of the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers and other assessors, on Jan. 20. That was the day he formally resigned. 

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Train Station Opening Delayed Until Spring

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 28, 2015 10:20 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 11:13 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 2:13 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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