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Stuck Railroad Bridge Causing Friday Problems For Metro-North, Amtrak

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(Courtesy Department of Transportation)

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(CBS Connecticut) – Trouble on the New Haven line at the end of the work week.  Metro-North says the Walk Bridge near South Norwalk  stuck in the “open” position shortly before 3:00 p.m. and mechanics were unable to close it in time for the afternoon commute.

For almost three and a half  hours, there was no service in either direction over the river. The railroad ran buses between the stations in South Norwalk and East Norwalk. Then partial service on two tracks resumed shortly before 3:30,  moving at restricted speed.

Metro-North said it “anticipates substantial residual delays.”

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The problem also affected Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor.

It was the second time in less than two weeks that the bridge stuck, causing rush hour delays.  On May 29 the bridge got stuck in the open position during overnight testing,  affecting the morning commute.

Governor Malloy called the situation “outrageous,” and said it shows how important it is that the state receive the $349 million in federal funding it is seeking to replace the 118-year-old bridge.  He’s calling for a “crisis summit”  with the M-T-A and Metro-North, saying the situation shows how important it is to replace what he called “a central link to the Northeast corridor.”

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