Construction begins at Wallingford Train Station, detours in area

Construction begins at Wallingford Train Station, detours in area


Construction begins at the Wallingford Train Station on Saturday (Lauren Sievert |Record-Journal)

WALLINGFORD — Work began Saturday to install a temporary platform at the train station on Hall Avenue, prompting detours in the area.

John Bernick, assistant rail administrator for the state Department of Transportation, said the asphalt platform will be removed to make way for a second track, which will be constructed this summer. A temporary wooden platform will be installed in the meantime.

“When they’re ready for the track, they just have to remove a temporary platform, drop a track in,” Bernick said.

An under drain will also be installed beneath the temporary platform, he said.

Work was well underway by around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Parker Street is closed, and sections of Hall Avenue and Quinnipiac Street near the station are down to one lane.

There was a slight traffic delay around the traffic lights, but no added back up on Route 5.

Officers were stationed at Parker and Quinnipiac streets to help direct traffic in case construction equipment needed to pass through the intersection.

The former train station building, at 37 Hall Ave., now serves as the home of Wallingford Adult Education.

Construction on a new train station on North Cherry Street began in fall 2014 and will be completed this fall. The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail project is expected to be completed in 2018. The project includes the addition of high-level platforms, 23 miles of double track and improved grade crossings.

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