Atlantic Wharf Project Moves Forward

by Diana Stricker | Apr 27, 2017 7:40 am

With Permission The Atlantic Wharf residential and retail complex in the heart of Branford is another step closer to reality now that the a court appeals process has ended. A permit to demolish the crumbling Atlantic Wire building may be the next step.

The option for further appeals was denied earlier this month by the state’s Appellate Court. The Costanzo family, of 33 Wilford Ave., initially filed an appeal in February 2016 in New Haven state Superior Court to reverse the decision of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission regarding approval of Atlantic Wharf.  That appeal was dismissed in January 2017 by Superior Court Judge Angela Robinson who issued a 13-page decision. The judge said that “the substantial evidence” in the record “does not support any of the plaintiff’s three claims raised on appeal.”

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Fed Plan for High Speed Branford-Guilford Rail Tracks Draws Opposition

by marcia chambers | Apr 21, 2017 10:44 am | Comments (1)

Wikipedia Photo A plan by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to doubletrack railways between Branford and Guilford, part of future project to run Acela high-speed trains along the Northeast Corridor shoreline from Washington, D.C., to Boston, is producing stiff opposition in these close-knit communities. 

In recent months Old Lyme residents have mounted resistance to the FRA plan to build an all-new bypass line that would be created a mile or so inland from the shoreline, a bypass from Old Saybrook to Rhode Island. This new route would run through the town of Old Lyme. The FRA’s idea is to re-route the trains of the future away from the curving track along the shoreline east of Old Saybrook. Click here to read a story in the CT Mirror.

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Branford In Motion Gets Moving

by Diana Stricker | Apr 3, 2017 8:01 am | Comments (1)

There’s good news for walkers and bicyclists in Branford — the new segment of the Shoreline Greenway Trail on the Tabor property should be complete by Fall, and a new committee is organizing called Branford in Motion.

The committee, being organized by Frank Gasparro, will emphasize safe biking and walking, and will explore ways to increase biking opportunities in Branford. There is also interest in the project by New Haven’s City Engineer Giovanni Zinn, who has come up with creative solutions for bike travel in the city.

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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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