MTA Metro-North Railroad announced upcoming infrastructure improvements coming to the Waterbury Branch.
The improvement work taking place on the branch includes railroad crossing improvements, the replacement of track ties and track curves, completion of passing sidings and track resurfacing along the branch to ensure smoother rides.
The work, a priority of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), is part of the $116 million capital improvement project that when completed will enable more reliable Waterbury Branch service. In order to accommodate this work bus service will be provided as an additional travel option for customers affected.
This work builds on the successful 2020 program that accelerated construction of the new Waterbury Branch signal system and passing sidings. This year the construction program includes completion of the new passing sidings, at-grade crossing improvements, continuation of tie replacement and track upgrades, and completion of the signal system.
“These improvements will give our Waterbury customers safer and more reliable service for years to come,” said Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North Railroad. “We are in lock step with our partners at CDOT to ensure that our customers using the Waterbury Branch will maintain as comfortable a commute as possible while this vital infrastructure work is completed.”
“The Connecticut Department of Transportation has continued to move forward, step by step, to modernize and improve the Waterbury Branch to bolster efficiency, safety, and the overall customer experience,” said CTDOT Commissioner Joe Giulietti. “These upgrades will help support additional rail service on the line in the future, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of our fantastic customers as we enter the final phases of work activity.”
The initial phase of the work will take place overnights, starting on Monday, May 10, and running through Friday, May 28.