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Sidewalk to Branford Train Station Getting Repaired

The final touches of a $160,000-grant project will be done in the next week or so making the trek to work smoother for Branford commuters.

Last week Patch spotted the final touches being done to the sidewalk over the Amtrak bridge, which leads many commuters to the Shore Line East train station. Commuters travel west via SLE to New Haven and New York City or east to Guilford and points beyond.

The sidewalk, which has been in need of repair through several seasons, has been refinished as part of a $160,000 grant project the town received from the Greater New Haven Transit District according to Town Engineer Janice Plaziak. The town has a 20 percent match of funds for the project, she detailed.

“The scope of the project included adding a dedicated pedestrian phase and pedestrian signals at the traffic signal at the intersection of Indian Neck Avenue and Maple Streets along with crosswalks and handicap ramps at those crosswalks; replacement of the sidewalk along the frontage of the train station parking lot along with the new guide rail system,” Plaziak told Patch.

Most of the project was completed last year, she said, but was held up when workers came across large brownstone blocks under the area near the bridge where posts for the rail system needed to be driven into. “Fortunately GNHTD was able to shift some funds into the project under the grant program so we could adjust the design and construction in that area and now complete the project within the next week or two,” Plaziak said.

In other sidewalk news, Branford Public Works was repairing the sidewalk on Pine Orchard Road near Montowese Street last week as well; this repair was not part of the grant money.

Do you use the Branford train station? Are you happy to see the sidewalk being completed?

Roberta M. Mendillo September 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Looks great except the telephone pole in the middle of the sidewalk. I feel sorry for anyone handicapped.(especially if you are in a wheelchair)
Tom Grantland September 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I complained to my RTM reps awhile ago about this problem . Glad to see it's finally done .
Barbara Leete September 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I am happy to see it done as well....but I agree with Roberta....too bad the telephone pole wasn't repositioned. I've seen mothers walking with strollers and joggers with those running strollers having to go into the road to get around that area. Still, it is a big improvement...as was the replacement of sidewalks on lower Harbor St. near the park/beach....including a new crosswalk. Many pedestrians and families heading to the beach were very thankful.
Rosemary Rubsam-Media September 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Looks great. For those of us who walk from the train station to Montowese, it would be nice if there was a sidewalk to get us down to Meadow Street safely. The sidewalk down Indian Neck is on the other side of the street from the underpass next to the Eel Pot, (there is a sidewalk on the 'safe' side, but it stops in the middle of nowhere, half way to the underpass) and there is no sidewalk at the top of Meadow Street, to the Eel Pot.
Marie Grabo September 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
what about the empty lot with the overgrown brush and garbage that makes the whole are look like a dump?
megmcg September 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I think that lot is going to be turned into an extension of the station, serving the other side. I'd love to see a sidewalk all the way down route 146. I'm one of hundreds of pedestrians who use that road. Just in the two miles I walk I see dozens of dog walkers, joggers, cyclists and kids waiting for the bus getting passed by cars who think "scenic road" means "raceway".

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