Walk Bridge work on Manresa Island draws opposition in Norwalk

Manresa Island neighbors and property owners are speaking out against the state Department of Transportation’s plan to use the island for the Walk Bridge project. The DOT first announced in June 2020 its plans to use the former power plant site, known informally as Manresa Island, to house Walk Bridge supplies and construct the lift ends of the new bridge before floating them up the Norwalk Harbor for installation. The five concerns outlined by the Manresa Neighborhood Coalition are: the human impact on the island, preservation of the wildlife habitat, the fish and wildlife on the island, the noise level generated by the construction and the extra truck traffic, Smith said. In documents acquired by the coalition through a Freedom of Information Act request the Cianbro/Middlesex JV, the consulting firm hired by DOT to oversee parts of the project, suggested four alternative spots for the lift construction and storage.


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