Port gains $3.5 million for overpass project

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The Port of Ridgefield has received $3.5 million for the Pioneer Street railroad overpass project, the port said Thursday.

The money, part of $29.5 million in highway-related federal grants sent to the state, will pay for about 30 percent of the construction of the $12.5 million project, Brent Grening, the port’s executive director, said in a news release.

The project will extend Pioneer Street, the main road leading into Ridgefield, over the railroad tracks, and provide direct access to the city’s waterfront and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

The safety-improvement project, expected to begin construction in the fall of 2012, will close as many as three at-grade railroad crossings.