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Repairs To Improve Fairfield Train Station Safety

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Improvements are on the way for the Fairfield train station this summer. The town said it plans to add canopies and new concrete to make the walking bridge above the tracks and other areas drier and safer for commuters.

“The residents will really enjoy and appreciate being protected from the weather, and the stairs being repaired so that they’re much safer to navigate,” said Scott Bartlett, superintendent of public works.

The Fairfield Department of Public Works will renovate the area in four phases. The first will install canopies over both stairwells and the sidewalk on the overpass over the train tracks. Next, energy-efficient lighting will be added to those canopies.

The department will also replace the concrete stairwells at the station. The project will cover both the large sets of stairs leading to the overpass and the smaller stairways and wheelchair ramps from the parking lots to the platform.

If any funding remains, the town will repave the patio of the waiting area on the south side of the tracks, to mimic the look of the recently repaired taxi stand.

Most of the work will be paid for with a $100,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant from the state. The Fairfield Parking Authority will provide $20,000 from its reserves.

“There’s no town taxpayer money going into this,” said Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau.

Detours will be placed around the area during that time while work is done. Commuters will need to walk under the bridge to Tomlinson Middle School’s driveway on the New York-bound side and to side streets on the New Haven-bound side. Crews will be out from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to avoid peak commuting times.

“We’ll open it as soon as is practical,” Bartlett said.

The board of selectmen approved the project Wednesday evening. The board of finance and the representative town meeting must also agree to accept the funding from the state. Work will begin when all three boards have signed off.

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