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6/4/2015 - TODAY: Tour of the Future Ash Creek Pedestrian Bridge Site (10:00AM)

Tour of the Future Ash Creek Pedestrian Bridge Site

“Fairfield Metro station, Bridgeport is clearly getting better every day. Transit oriented development, business growth, and train station improvements are playing a key role.”

– Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

  • WHO: Mayor Finch, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders.
  • WHAT: Tour of the future Ash Creek Pedestrian Bridge Site.
  • WHERE: Corner of Fox St. and Canfield St. in Bridgeport, Conn.
  • WHEN: Thursday @ 10:00AM.

Bridgeport, Conn. (June 4, 2015) – Today, Mayor Finch will join elected officials and community leaders for a tour of the future Ash Creek Pedestrian Bridge site.

The event comes just days after the announcement of $3.8 million in Connecticut Department of Transportation funding to build a new pedestrian bridge over Ash Creek.

The 160 foot steel truss bridge will provide greater access for Bridgeporters to the Fairfield Metro train station. With a walkway width of 14 feet the bridge will be a safe and convenient improvement to Bridgeport’s transit oriented development.

In addition to the bridge structure, there will be improvement to the Creek trail. The 650 foot walkway extending Canfield Ave creates a pedestrian greenway along current dead ends from Fox Street to Davidson St. This will significantly increase the ¼ mile walkshed to the Fairfield Metro train station and create a scenic greenway along Ash Creek. The trail work will also eradicate existing invasive plant species and create upland meadow vegetation.

“This is great news for Bridgeport,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Our city is making significant investments in transit oriented development, which helps us create jobs and grow businesses by ensuring transportation is readily available for folks within Connecticut and the Greater New York City area. Between investing in a second train station, improving our downtown train station, and giving pedestrians access to the Fairfield Metro station, Bridgeport is clearly getting better every day. Transit oriented development, business growth, and train station improvements are playing a key role. Thanks to Gov. Malloy and state leaders for their generosity in helping us continue to make smart investments in Bridgeport’s future.”

The project also includes improvement to Fox Street in anticipation of the increase in pedestrian and bicycle activity from Fairfield Ave to the bridge site. The work includes reconstruction of sidewalks and curbs along with the planting of street trees. There is also potential to extend the existing bicycle route from Fairfield Ave to the bridge.

On the Bridgeport side of the bridge, there will be a gateway plaza constructed to connect to the bridge. On the Fairfield side, there will be work to help connect the wetlands walking trail & the train station.

The area is an invaluable natural resource that has a long history with the Bridgeport and Fairfield community. The city of Bridgeport is thankful to the state for investing in the environment around the bridge.

“As a kid, my sister and I used to make traps to catch mummie bait fish for crab fishing here at Ash Creek,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “I spent many warm afternoons here enjoying its natural beauty. I have always considered Ash Creek to be another great Bridgeport park and I’m proud that we are investing to ensure the area is clean and open to the public.”