The Ridgefield overpass project should be completed by the end of next year, roughly two decades after its conception.
The Pioneer Street Railroad Overpass Project, west of the intersection of Pioneer Street and Main Avenue, is on track for completion by late 2021, according to the Port of Ridgefield. The $11.3 million project is in its final phase, which began in March and includes installation of a new bridge and aerial span connecting the north and south approach roads constructed in previous phases.
The overpass will tower above BNSF Railway tracks that visitors on Mill or Division streets currently have to cross to access the waterfront. Trains that use the railroad can sometimes spend hours passing through.
It will also offer a safer connection for drivers and pedestrians between downtown and the waterfront, including 41 acres of planned future development.
Brent Grening, the port’s executive director, has been in his position since 1998, when the idea for the project began floating around.