WALK Bridge South Norwalk (Replacement, Status, etc.)

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Re: WALK Bridge South Norwalk (Replacement, Status, etc.)

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:47 am

Uh. Oh: TheHour.com

Suit challenges Walk Bridge plan in federal court
“The wrongful, inadequate NEPA analyses performed by the Defendants in selecting a bridge design failed to consider the reasonable alternative of a fixed bridge at the level of the existing bridge … which would promote resiliency, shorten construction time, significantly reduce construction costs, and otherwise reduce environmental impacts,” reads the lawsuit. “As such, the FONSI and ROD which rely on these inadequate analyses are invalid.”
Mayor Harry Rilling said he would look into the lawsuit, but expressed doubt that a fixed bridge is a reasonable alternative given costs, construction length and the age of the existing Walk Bridge.

“They (the DOT) did, as far as I know, weigh the alternatives of a fixed bridge and found it would not reduce time,” Rilling said. “It might take longer and it probably wouldn’t save as much money as people are saying it would. And they can’t leave that bridge in place and just close it. It’s a 124-year old structure that’s on pilings.”
“What we favor, and what is clearly in the public interest, is for the state to fully consider an existing height fixed bridge option, which costs less, is less disruptive, is less vulnerable to severe weather and future failures to close, and is more practical in every way,” said Penna.

Penna is co-owner of A.J. Penna & Son Excavating Contractors, which was forced by the DOT last year to leave its property on Goldstein Place to create staging space for the bridge replacement. The DOT helped the business find a new home at the old National Guard Armory on New Canaan Avenue.
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Re: WALK Bridge South Norwalk (Replacement, Status, etc.)

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:07 pm

Wow...frivolous much? Given that there's a whole bunch of maritime regs governing navigability of the river a fixed bridge can't be at the same level without violating a bunch of other laws. So either the suit challenges the maritime regs in tandem as part of its nebulous environmental argument, or it's barking up the wrong tree entirely. Sad that somebody's trying to chew resources with an "Operation Chaos" of any kind, but it really shouldn't take much to dismiss this as utterly baseless.
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Re: WALK Bridge South Norwalk (Replacement, Status, etc.)

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:27 pm

Figure on a barge customer and a bunch of sailboat owners against a fixed span replacement!
Guess the "Harbor Keepers" forgot about them! :( :(
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Re: WALK Bridge South Norwalk (Replacement, Status, etc.)

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:42 pm

a fixed span would have a lot more clearance compared to todays bridge , but it would restrict harbor to smaller yachts and a Tugboat with retracting mast.

current bridge https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/wp-conte ... 14-029.jpg

possible fixed span type : https://www.johnweeks.com/river_missour ... ioux07.jpg
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