MERIDEN — The state Department of Transportation expects the train station to close on March 12 and a temporary station to open soon after.
The temporary station will consist of a wooden boarding platform and shed, according to John Bernick, state DOT associate rail administrator. The project requires the closure of Brooks Street, which will happen the week of March 21, state DOT spokesman Judd Everhart said.
“The temporary station will consist of a drop-off area, low level passenger loading platform and bus shelter located on Brooks Street in Meriden,” a DOT notice posted online Wednesday stated.
Meriden’s permanent station should be completed in spring 2017 along with a parking lot and garage with 280 total spaces.
A notice on the door of the Meriden train station Tuesday stated the ticket office closed on March 4 and the station will close on March 12. Riders with credit cards now have the option to purchase eTickets over the phone, on Amtrak.com or through smartphone apps, the notice said. The DOT statement also states riders can purchase tickets on the train.
Riders who want to purchase hard tickets may do so at Union Station in New Haven, the notice continued. The Berlin station will also close on March 12.
A notice posted last week stated the station would be closing March 4, but it was removed.
“The timing of the station closure changed just a little bit,” Bernick said.
Passengers were seen inside the station Tuesday awaiting trains and buses. Though the ticket office was closed, an attendant was visible inside.
When completed, the new station will feature high-level platforms, a pedestrian bridge and 500 feet of canopy. There will not be an enclosed structure.
“The station is constructed in a way it gives shelter from wind, rain, snow,” Bernick said. “It’ll be very similar to what we have now in Shoreline East stations.”
The old station will need to be demolished in order for crews to continue with construction of the high-level platforms, Bernick said.
The notice advises of possible lane closures and local detours during construction. Detours will include Brooks, State, Colony, and East Main streets.
In Wallingford, ongoing construction of the new train station will not affect the former station and current home of Wallingford Adult Education at 37 Hall Ave., Mayor William Dickinson said Wednesday.
“Should be no impact upon that at all,” he said.
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