To adjust the tracks properly, the train tracks would have to gradually incline for miles in both directions. Around 80 percent of the project is federally funded, with the remaining funding coming from the state.
"We have been able to focus the scope of work in a way that allows us money to complete the project," said Breen. "We have been working with the community for several years the community needs something done there."
The average daily traffic count for the project's section of roadway is 10,000 travelers. Also, there were 27 accidents for that portion of roadway from Jan. 1, 2010, to Nov. 30 of that year. For a five-year period from Jan. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2010, there were 135 accidents, said Breen. These accidents aren't necessarily tied to the train bridges.
Bids were opened for the project on March 17 and closed the same day, but Breen said advanced notice was given for the short bid period. The process generally takes 45 days to complete, she said, and while a bidder hasn't been chosen, the apparent low bidder came in at $11.7 million. According to DOT's website, the cost of the project was estimated to be $13.6 million.
"When we fist started looking at it, it was quite a long time ago," said Breen.
The project is expected to begin this summer with a gas line to be relocated, which will result in Glenridge Road having short-term single lane closures and being closed for one week between Bruce Drive and Blue Barn Road. The road will be closed outside of the school year.
In 2012, work will focus on roadway reconstruction and widening the train bridges, with the first bridge to be completed that year. The second bridge expansion will be completed along with the proposed roundabout in the final year of the project, 2013.""