Noro­ton Heights sta­tion work on sched­ule

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - By Ly­nan­dro Sim­mons dj.sim­mons@hearst me­di­, 203-842-2568

DARIEN — The con­struc­tion of new plat­forms at the Noro­ton Heights train sta­tion is on sched­ule.

Judd Ever­hart, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion, said the com­ple­tion date for the es­ti­mated $6.3 mil­lion project is Nov. 30.

“The scope of the project is pri­mar­ily re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing con­crete plat­forms and rail­ings,” Ever­hart wrote in an email.

The four-phase project to re­place the two New Haven-bound and two New York­bound plat­forms be­gan in March 2017, and is in the fi­nal stage of con­struc­tion. Two of the four plat­forms have been re­placed, while con­struc­tion on the north­ern plat­form be­gan Aug. 22.

The big­gest ob­sta­cle has been ob­tain­ing the nec­es­sary track and power out­ages when work­ing ad­ja­cent to the rail­road, Ever­hart said.

“In some lo­ca­tions, we have en­coun­tered some very de­te­ri­o­rated foun­da­tions af­ter re­mov­ing the plat­form, re­sult­ing in ad­di­tional work,” he said.

With only half of any plat­form open to com­muters dur­ing con­struc­tion, Ever­hart said dis­rup­tion caused by main­tain­ing in­fra­struc­ture is to be ex­pected.

“This project is very sim­i­lar to re­mod­el­ing your kitchen — rip out and re­place ev­ery­thing while still main­tain­ing the abil­ity to cook in it,” he said.

Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Ed Gen­tile said the plat­form project could in­con­ve­nience com­muters.

“The park­ing is not so bad,” Gen­tile said. “But the com­muters are a lit­tle in­con­ve­nienced get­ting to the sta­tion. They have to walk fur­ther to get to the west end of the plat­form.”

While the Noro­ton Heights train sta­tion awaits com­ple­tion, the Darien sta­tion may have its own plat­form project soon.

At the re­cent Board of Select­men meet­ing, First Select­man Jayme Steven­son said of­fi­cials were told ear­lier this month the Darien sta­tion’s plat­forms are slated for re­place­ment.

“Un­be­knownst to me, I didn’t re­al­ize that when that sta­tion was re­built they did not re­place the plat­forms,” she said.

The sta­tion has old struc­tures that are not per­form­ing well, sim­i­lar to the plat­forms at Noro­ton Heights.

“Fi­nal con­struc­tion doc­u­ments are sched­uled to be com­pleted by Jan­uary of 2020,” she said. “So that will be an ex­cit­ing time, I’m sure.”

Ly­nan­dro Sim­mons / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

The Noro­ton Heights train sta­tion con­struc­tion site.

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