Pedestrian bridge connecting Wilton center and train station eyed for summer start

A pedestrian bridge over the Norwalk River that has been in the works for years is set to go out to bid Friday. It is planned to connect Merwin Meadows Park and the surrounding Wilton Center with the Wilton Train Station. Funding for the bridge will come through a Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program, or LOTCIP, grant that Smeriglio said will not only cover 100 percent of the costs, but will include an added 10 percent of the total cost for possible contingencies and another 10 percent for construction administration. The town initially received a $1.4 million grant for the project in February 2020. Town officials did not release current estimates for what the project would cost. The bidding window is anticipated to close April 22. While construction is anticipated to last from the beginning of the summer until December, there are also a number of “punch list” items, such as plantings, that may need to be done in the spring of 2023. Smeriglio was careful to not solidify any timeline, saying that there are many factors at play.

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