Bocchino: Light at the End of the Sound Beach Rail Road Project

Submitted by State Rep Mike Bocchino (R-150) on June 12, 2018

And since all this loveliness cannot be heaven, it must be June! – Abba Gould Woolson

As State Representative of the 150th district I promised to keep my constituents updated regularly on state projects that involve our community, one of which is the Sound Beach Rail Road (SBRR) station upgrade. On Tuesday June 5, 2018 I had my quarterly meeting (upon my request) with the CTDOT and Contractors overseeing the project. Many residents had reached out to my office over the winter months upset about the lack of work and progress being made. Partial explanation, one that produced many frustrations over the past 4 to 5 months, is that any and all maintenance by Metro North Railroad (MNR) to address safety concerns has immediate priority over all new construction such as the SBRR project. In January 2018, MNR safety maintenance was projected to last 5 months and be completed by the end of May 2018. Due to unforeseen circumstances detected in inspections the outage for MNR maintenance was extended to the end of July delaying much of the work on the SBRR project. While this has been and continues to be somewhat of an inconvenience the last thing we want are unsafe rails for our trains andmost importantly our neighbors who ride the rails.

I am pleased to share that the project is on track to be completed by December 31, 2018. The majority, about 90%, of the construction is currently being completed in the night time hours. Unfortunately there was an issue with the hand rails on the south side of the station. Although both stairwells appear to be completed, they remain closed due to a small section of installed rail that does not meet the required CT State safety standards for hand rails. This will be addressed in the coming weeks. Moving forward, a permanent sidewalk will be installed on the south side of the station from the upper parking lot leading down to Sound Beach Avenue providing safe passage for commuters. The remaining center column on Sound Beach Avenue under the bridge is expected to be removed by late September early October 2018.

Final paving and curbing will be completed in the spring of 2019 when the asphalt and concrete plants reopen.

In an effort to continue to communicate as much information as possible here is a brief update on other work anticipated over the coming months.
– The steel for the bridges at Track 1 have been installed
– Anticipating (4-5) weeks of night work to backfill at bridge abutments
– Anticipating return of Track 1 to service around end of July / beginning of August
– Currently working on lower parking improvements (Granite curb, pavement widening)
– Currently working on upper parking lot (installing New Bike Rack and Sidewalk)
– Installation of grass shelf in front of retaining wall (behind granite curb) as planned and recently confirmed by Town
– Planning to stain retaining wall to soften feel of the wall once product it is approved
– Latest schedule shows bridge work completed this year 2018 with roadway work completed in April and May 2019

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I hope you find this information useful and as always if I can be of service in anyway please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] in closing I would like to wish everyone a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.

Mike Bocchino
CT State Representative 150th District