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News » US » JV wins $237m contract in Walk Bridge program » published 11 Aug 2017

JV wins $237m contract in Walk Bridge program

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has chosen the contracting team for two projects as part of the Walk Bridge program.

The work is part of the Walk Bridge program Above: The work is part of the Walk Bridge program

Cianbro-Middlesex Joint Venture will carry out the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard projects in Norwalk under a US$237m Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract.

The projects are independent of the replacement of the 121-year old Walk Railroad Bridge over the Norwalk River, and are designed to improve the dependability of operations on the main line during construction of the new bridge.

The contract is the first that CTDOT has awarded under the CM/GC alternative contracting method.  In CM/GC, the contractor is selected based on technical ability and works as part of the team during design development. The process is intended to encourage innovation, lead to schedule certainty and reduce risk during the construction phase. The contract value is a negotiated price which is verified against an independent cost estimate prepared by a professional estimating firm.

The contracting team was given a “notice to proceed” this week and is now establishing work areas located close to the railroad tracks at the end of Goldstein Place and in the parking lot of 10 Norden Place. Construction is expected to begin in late September and continue for three years.

The CP243 Interlocking project will construct a new four-track interlocking - a powered switch and signal system that allows trains to move from one track to another. The project is located approximately 1.5 miles east of the Walk Bridge on the New Haven Line between the East Norwalk and Westport stations.

The Danbury Branch Dockyard project will improve and electrify the southern portion of the Danbury branch line, from where it splits from the main line to approximately one mile north, at an area commonly referred to as the Dockyard. The Dockyard is where trains are stored and staged when not in use on the main line. The improvements will allow commuter trains that begin or end in Norwalk to turn, or switch direction.


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This article was published on 11 Aug 2017 (last updated on 11 Aug 2017).

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