Online tool offers progress reports on state transportation initiatives

Work is progressing on improvements to the rail dockyard in Norwalk that is at the end of the Danbury branch rail line, according to a new interactive online tool introduced by the state Department of Transportation last month.

The Transportation Ramp-Up Dashboard provides a way to track progress of Let’s Go CT!, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed $2.8-billion Transportation Ramp-Up Program.

According to the dashboard, improvements are being made at the dockyard to enable electrified northbound Metro-North trains to turn around while a new Walk bridge is being built. The branch line splits from the New Haven line about 1,000 feet from the existing Walk bridge.

Funds have been allocated in the amount of $21.5 million for 2016, of which $2,061,566 has been spent. An additional $12.5 million is planned for 2017, although no funds have been allocated as yet.

According to the dashboard, as of June 30, the design and permitting phase of the project is progressing. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2017. The design phase is budgeted at $4 million, and the construction at $30 million.

The dashboard also indicates a one-year rail study to detail the costs and benefits of more frequent local and express commuter service on the New Haven line is expected to begin in early 2017. The study is expected to cost $3 million, but no funds have yet been allocated.

There are 34 major initiatives included in the Ramp-Up Program. All are being administered by CTDOT, and some contain multiple projects.

The online dashboard provides information about each including financial statistics, project descriptions, timeframes and current status. Summary and drill-down information is also provided by way of state fiscal year, by mode of transportation and by transportation corridor (area of the state).

Click here to access the dashboard.