MERIDEN — Officials say construction of the new Meriden train station is on schedule.
New stations are also being built in Wallingford and Berlin as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail project. The ultimate goal of the $650 million project is to offer more frequent train stops and entice commuters to use rail travel.
John E. Bernick, assistant rail administrator for the state Department of Transportation, said Thursday that work on Meriden station was “moving along according to schedule.”
DOT spokesman Judd Everhart wrote in an email Thursday that major construction work was occurring “below ground, at grade, and overhead. Footings have been set for installing concrete platforms and excavation for storm drain piping is underway in the future parking lot. The contractor is installing electrical conduits along platforms and station towers.”
Everhart also said that other work on the station includes “steel framing of walls and roof rafters as well as lifting completed elevator roofs into place for both towers. Concrete platform pieces are being installed on both east and west platforms, along with the installation of the new canopies.”
The station, next to the old one on State Street, will include elevated platforms on both sides of the tracks, an overhead pedestrian bridge and ticket vending machines. Work began more than a year ago and the skeleton of the new station is visible to nearly all traversing downtown Meriden.
In February, DOT project manager Bruce Olmstead said he expected work on the Meriden, Berlin and Wallingford stations — to be complete by November.
Earlier this month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said overall work on upgrades to the tracks is 50 percent complete and expected to be finished by January 2018.
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