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Feds provide $161 million toward replacing balky Norwalk rail bridge

The Walk Bridge, a rail swing bridge over the Norwalk River, is shown in the open position. The Walk Bridge got stuck in the open position twice last year, disrupting rail traffic in the Northeast corridor.

The federal government Wednesday awarded Connecticut a competitive grant of $161 million toward replacement of the 118-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, a movable bridge whose failure in the open position halted Metro-North and Amtrak traffic twice this year on one of the busiest rail corridors in the U.S. Continue Reading →

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Neglected bridge makes deferred maintenance a losing bet

The new Walk bridge would pivot on one side like this bridge in Canada.

By making replacement of an 118-year-old rail bridge a second-term funding priority, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a gamble won by other governors, but not him. The odds of winning federal funding to fix the malfunctioning bridge are slim, which makes deferred maintenance — a quiet crisis plaguing the length of the Boston-Washington rail corridor — into an urgent election-year issue in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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