New $1.3M Norwalk River dock allows Walk Bridge construction, local maritime business to continue

The new $1.3 million state-funded dock allows the Norwalk Seaport Association and Maritime Aquarium’s vessels to continue operating on the Norwalk River amid the $1 billion project to replace the 127-year-old Walk Bridge, according to Walk Bridge project manager Gus Melo. The bridge has failed dozens of times in the last decade to close properly over the waterway, halting marine and rail traffic. The floating concrete dock is bordered by piles that hold it in place and allow it to rise with the tide, Toni said. With a large gap between piles in the middle of the dock, Toni said it will also allow Eversource to move transmission lines underground to make way for the Walk Bridge project. Mayor Harry Rilling said the new dock required collaboration between the association, aquarium, local and state government to allow for the Walk Bridge project and local business to continue.

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