The State Bond Commission has approved $3 million to fund improvements to the Walk Railroad Bridge in Norwalk.
Most recently, the 118-year-old bridge malfunctioned on two separate incidents within a two week period, causing train delays and commuter frustration on Metro-North’s New Haven line.
The Short Term Action Team (STAT) established in June has recommended immediate and short term actions to repair the bridge and long term actions to make it more reliable.
The expected time table for this work is 9 months.
According to a press release, Governor Malloy said, “The New Haven Line is the busiest commuter rail line in America and one malfunctioning bridge can disrupt the entire Northeast Corridor. Because our customers – and our economy – rely on this system every day, we are implementing these fixes to increase reliability in the near term until the full replacement of the Walk Bridge can begin."
This fall, Governor Dannel Malloy expects an answer to the State's request of $360 million in federal funds for total replacement of the bridge.