EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) _ Amtrak and transportation officials are celebrating a new bridge in eastern Connecticut along the busy Northeast railway corridor.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and boat tour are scheduled for Friday for the new Niantic River Bridge. It’s owned by Amtrak and is a key link for passenger and freight rail traffic between New York and Boston.

Amtrak says it was one of the most complicated capital projects. New track alignments were built, the navigation channel was more than doubled from 45 feet to 100 feet and clearance above the water was boosted.

The nearly $105 million construction contract was awarded in January 2010.

The previous bridge was more than 100 years old and Amtrak says the new bridge will allow faster trains minimize traffic and delays.


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