The East Norwalk train station. / Photos by Thane Grauel
The East Norwalk train station. / Photos by Thane Grauel

NORWALK — The East Norwalk Railroad Station will soon close for three weeks for construction work related to the Walk Bridge replacement.

The station, which is used by some Westport commuters, will be closed from Monday, March 11, to Sunday, March 31, the state Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Signs announcing the closure went up a couple days before, but the announcement with details wasn’t made until Friday. That had many commenters on community bulletin boards and social media expressing confusion and annoyance.

“This closure is due to construction related activities for the WALK Bridge Replacement Project. CTDOT is replacing the 128-year-old swing bridge to strengthen commuter rail safety, enhance commuting reliability and increase operational efficiency along the New Haven Line and Northeast Corridor,” the DOT wrote.

The Walk Bridge carries the Northeast Corridor tracks over the Norwalk River. The span, which predates RMS Titanic, is prone to getting stuck during hot months. Its replacement will cost more than $1 billion.

The work near the East Norwalk station will include installing a new underdrain system under the existing East Norwalk station northern parking lot. The station and parking lot will be closed.

“No trains will serve East Norwalk Station during this period,” the DOT said.

Full regular service will be available at the South Norwalk station, 29 Monroe St., 1.5 miles west; and at Westport station, 1 Railroad Place, 2.2 miles east.

The Norwalk Transit District is providing a free shuttle service, starting March 11, that will operate Monday-Friday during the three-week closure. The shuttle will travel between the East Norwalk and South Norwalk train stations six times in the morning and eight times in the late afternoon/evening during the three-week closure. The shuttle departures and arrivals are timed with the Metro-North schedule. For more information, contact the Norwalk Transit District at 203-850-0000 or info@norwalktransit.com

Additionally, East Norwalk station parking permit holders can access the South Norwalk Railroad Station garage at no additional cost during the three-week closure.

Parking permits will not be honored at Westport’s stations.

“To ensure the safety of the workers, the East Norwalk train station will be temporarily closed for three weeks,” DOT Bureau Chief of Public Transportation Benjamin Limmer said in the announcement. “We encourage customers to utilize the South Norwalk and Westport stations while construction activities are under way.”