The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently replacing the bridge carrying the Metro-North Railroad (MNRR) New Haven Line over Atlantic Street in the City of Stamford. This project improves the horizontal and vertical geometry for Atlantic Street at the bridge, increase the roadway capacity by providing additional travel lanes on Atlantic Street, and to improve multimodal circulation in the vicinity of the Transportation Center. Work also includes provisions for an additional future track, as well as a platform to service this track. In order to complete construction on the new bridge, the project also requires, relocation of existing railroad catenaries along with communication and communications and signals infrastructure, substantial utility relocations, realignment of South State Street and the reconfiguration of the I-95 NB Exit 8 Off-ramp.
As part of our Liaison Services contract for the CTDOT’s Division Highway Design, BL Companies has been substantially involved in the development of this significant project. Our responsibilities have included completion of design reviews, coordination with the City, MNRR, utility companies and related parties. BL representatives prepared the project NEPA document and Section 4(f) assessment while also presenting on pertinent aspects of the project at the Department’s public hearing.
Given the project’s proximity to the Stamford Transportation Center, the need for consistent coordination with the City, and the anticipated amount of work along South State Street and Atlantic Street, BL has been working with the Design and District 3 to assist in pre-Construction and Construction phase public outreach, including the establishment of a project website and related social media presence that is intended to be a resource for local residents, commuters, and other stakeholders.