Amtrak is providing
diagrams of where the barges will be stationed and how they will be moved
during the different phases of work. The diagrams are available on the town's
Web site at www.eltownhall.com
Representatives from Amtrak met with town department heads in early March to discuss the logistics of the project. Those in attendance said it was a productive meeting with Amtrak representatives and the construction companies doing the work, Cianbro/Middlesex VII.
Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said the railroad company is holding its promise to remain in communication with the community and town officials.
"We expect within several weeks to have more outreach to the community. We will continue to communicate all the milestones and important parts of the project," Cole said.
Town officials have already closed the eastern portion of the Niantic Bay Overlook, from the wooden boardwalk section to the bridge area. Those who want to use the boardwalk must enter at the Hole in the Wall entrance.
The $104.7-million, three-year contract is to construct a two-track bridge south of the present alignment. It will involve expanding the navigation channel beneath the bridge, realigning the east and west track approaches, relocating the boardwalk and restoring the beach.