by marcia chambers | Aug 4, 2014 7:11 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.
by Marcia Chambers | Jul 25, 2014 2:56 pm
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.
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.
by Diana Stricker | May 12, 2014 7:20 am
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.
by marcia chambers | Mar 6, 2014 2:53 pm
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.
by marcia chambers | Jan 7, 2014 1:13 pm | Comments (2)
The New Year begins for the police with four 2014 Ford Explorers, each with bold Branford Police lettering on the outside, a state-of the art office on the inside and plastic seats designed for handcuffed prisoners in the SUVs’ rear.
Like many police departments in the nation, Branford was faced with difficult automobile choices after Ford Motor Co. decided in 2011 to end production of the Ford Crown Victoria, considered by most police agencies across the nation as the workhorse of cruisers.
by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 18, 2013 8:15 am | Comments (5)
Did you hear the collective cheer on Thursday as all the lanes on Route 1 in the vicinity of the new Amtrak Bridge were finally opened?
For the past couple of months, as the project neared completion, motorists were funneled into a single lane near the entrance to Branhaven Shopping Center and dramatically zigzagged among cones heading up West Main Street.
Since late 2009, they have patiently endured lane closures, lane changes, washboard pavement, and even the closure of Route 1 on several occasions as the long-standing local bottleneck underwent a dramatic transformation.
by Melissa Bailey | Apr 30, 2013 2:20 am
Jose Sanchez and other undocumented immigrants showed up at the Capitol to pose a late-session question: While the state awaits federal action on immigration reform, what to do now about all the immigrants driving without licenses?
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by Marcia Chambers | Feb 11, 2013 12:05 pm
After back-breaking work, payloaders and public works trucks cleared a majority of all Branford streets by this morning, leaving narrow lanes available for what officials say is icy and treacherous driving, as the clean-up from Winter Storm Nemo continued. The next issue facing the town is opening storm drains buried under snow piles on town streets.Flooding has begun.
Larger pay loaders were called in to push mounds of snow from the streets. Drivers need to handle one lane roads and face backing up and getting stuck. First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos said only a dozen streets had not been plowed as of this morning. After a morning of icy rain, flooding was reported in the Amtrak Bridge area near Kohl’s and on Cedar Street, a major road that connects Branford to I-95. Here was Kohl’s parking lot yesterday.
DaRos said after Governor Malloy’s visit to Branford shortly after noon today that his primary concern as the day unfolded was street flooding, the result of storm drains trapped under mounds of snow. “We are working on it,” he said. There are a total of 12 trucks of various sizes out on the roads today, he told the Eagle. He said he hoped the last of the roads would be opened today, but that it might take days to move the huge mounds of snow at corners all over town.
The center of town was closed to traffic today as big payloaders sought to remove mounds of snow near the center’s businesses.
by Sally E. Bahner & Mary Johnson | Jan 28, 2013 9:13 am | Comments (1)
The process for removing the original beams under the old Amtrak railroad bridge was trickier than expected, but on the second try they finally came down. With that move, the two new railroad bridges, higher than the one old one, took stage center.
Everything had been in place Saturday night, Jan. 12, for taking down old beams. All the unnecessary elements had already been removed from the old structure, which was built in 1928.
by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 24, 2012 12:00 pm
A trolley ride on the Branford Electric Railway is always special, and it’s even more special at Christmastime.
It’s a must do destination for families and kids such as Sebastian, age 6 ¾, and Raffi, age 4 ¾, as well as Maisie, 5; Gus, 3; and Stella, 7; and David, 3.
One vintage car held an elaborately decorated train set for families to visit as Christmas Eve arrives tonight.
Another antique car was beautifully decked out with flowers that glowed against the wooden chairs and car panels.