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Walk Bridge malfunctioned twice in ten days

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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 09, 2014 At 04:55 PM

After two major malfunctions in ten days, Governor Dannel Malloy announced Monday the State will pursue federal funding to replace the Walk Bridge in Norwalk.

During a press conference, Governor Malloy said "There is no doubt that we are now seeing the effects of decades of neglect when it comes to investing in our infrastructure."

In 2013, the Walk Bridge opened 271 times and failed 16 of those times.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said "Every time this 118-year-old bridge fails to close properly, our customers suffer the consequences of decades of delay and neglect." 

In April, the State requested $349 million in federal funding to cover 75% of the cost of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project. 

The governor said ConnDOT and the MTA will conduct an operational review of procedures at the Walk Bridge in order to minimize the risk for failure in the future, with the goal of delivering their findings by mid-July.

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