New railroad station taking shape in Meriden, Connecticut

February 29, 2016

By Molly Callahan Record-Journal staff,

MERIDEN — With structural steel beginning to go up, work on a new train station on State Street is finally out of the ground and in full view.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

The local station, as well as stations in Wallingford and Berlin, comprise just one section of work being done across Southern New England to upgrade 62 miles of track between New Haven and Springfield, known as the Hartford Line.

The ultimate goal of this $650 million project — for which the state of Connecticut, Amtrak and Federal Rail Administration have partnered — is to offer more frequent train stops and entice commuters to use rail travel more consistently.

The Meriden station in particular has been championed as the anchor to this new work, with updates to include elevated platforms on both sides of the track, an overhead pedestrian bridge, and ticket vending machines all under the umbrella of a new station. Work began on the site more than a year ago with the demolition of the former Stone Insurance Building, 88 State St., and the skeleton of this new station is starting to be visible.

Bruce Olmstead, project manager for the state Department of Transportation, said that crews have been working through the first phase of work.

“Work that gets the project out of the ground, including sheeting installation, footings, stem walls, and stair tower steel has been completed.”

He added, “Much of the work is on the west side of the tracks but some work is on the east side.”

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