Eversource Undergrounding Project Walk Bridge Connection

Eversource Undergrounding Project Walk Bridge Connection

Eversource Undergrounding
Eversource currently has two 115,000 (115 kV) transmission lines along the Walk Bridge railroad corridor. CT DOT regulations do not permit utility attachments on railroad bridges. The transmission lines must be relocated prior to the construction of the new Walk Bridge. In 2016 Eversource initiated discussions with "Norwalk officials" and in April of 2017, Norwalk, CT DOT and Eversource reportedly reached "agreement" on a proposed route for the transmission lines. That route begins near the police station and goes under the harbor from 90 Water Street, through the Visitor's Docks and underneath the newly installed parking lot in Veteran's Park before re-emerging to connect with overhead installations on Fort Point Street.
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Eversource Undergrounding and the Visitor’s Docks

Eversource Undergrounding and the Visitor’s Docks

Eversource Undergrounding
In 2015 the City of Norwalk  undertook a project to replace the boat ramp and the floating docks at Veteran's Park, and to improve the adjacent parking lot. The proposed route to relocate the transmission lines will thread between pilings of the newly built visitor's docks with 5'9" of clearance from each piling.  The required right-of-way for the transmission lines will likely preclude work on the dock's 15' in either direction of the power line, making maintenance or modification of the docks difficult.
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Eversource Undergrounding and Environmental Concerns

Eversource Undergrounding and Environmental Concerns

Eversource Undergrounding
The proposed route for the undergrounding of two electric transmission cables will involve horizontal directional drilling and take a path through Veteran's Memorial Park. According to Wikipedia, that land, formally named Duffy's Field, was also once a dumpsite that was never environmentally tested. Dumping continued until the 1960s. Veterans Park was built before the state Department of Environmental Protection had a permitting process for old dumpsites. This project was not subject to environmental review as part of the EA/EIS done for the Walk Bridge project, for technical reasons, even though the relocation is a necessary consequence. Eversource intends to petition the Connecticut Siting Council (which is responsible for overseeing the location/installation of utility resources) for a Declaratory Ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility & Public Need is required. Also…
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