Downtown Bridgeport is adjacent to the Northeast Corridor railway and Interstate 95. Steelpointe Harbor is situated on the peninsula seen to the left and is the future site of 2.8 million square feet of mixed-use development.
Downtown provides infrastructure for cars, trucks, and trains to pass readily through, while the ferry connects the Port across the Sound to Long Island. The downtown location is scarce of activity; too few people stop to walk, shop, or eat.
Protection and connection are provided by a Waterside Promenade that aligns with train platforms, represented in the plan as an orange line. Green lines indicate major thoroughfares targeted for green infrastructure. Black indicates proposed development.
The Pequonnock River Watershed is an ideal area for an integrative and comprehensive water-based planning. The Downtown Integrated Flood Protection Plan reduces risk while improving development value and local ecology.
The closing of the Congress Street Bridge separated the East Side and Washington Square from Bridgeport’s Downtown.
The Congress Street Bridge closed to traffic in 1997.
Bridgeport’s East Side and Washington Square reconnect to Downtown by the rebuilding of the Congress Street Bridge. This investment will regenerate commerce, crucial to a holistic understanding of resiliency.
The Downtown Design Center, in collaboration with universities, focuses on adaptive strategies.
This study explores the Northeast Corridor highway and rail system relocations that would be advantageous for the Downtown location.
A strengthened city core includes a new riverfront train station. Orange lines diagrammatically indicate perimeter lines of defense.