Norwalk River bridge reopens after repairs

The bridge has gotten stuck open twice in two weeks. (6/14/14)

NORWALK - The 118-year-old railroad bridge over the Norwalk River was reopened for the first time since it broke down a week ago, allowing boat traffic to finally pass through.

The bridge opened for a few minutes to allow stranded boats into the Long Island Sound, then closed again allowing train traffic to continue as usual Saturday.

Workers spent the morning making sure the bridge would open without any complications.

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The bridge got stuck on May 29, then again on June 6, leaving thousands of Metro-North travelers stranded.

Officials tell News 12 that the bridge will now stay closed, only opening for boats now and then. They say commuter rail traffic will have priority.

Gov. Dan Malloy says the state expects to have a more long-term solution by mid-July. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's concerned the bridge will continue to malfunction and disrupt people's lives.

Lawmakers say they are pushing for nearly $350 million in federal funding to replace the bridge.

The state has started the preliminary design phase for a new bridge. It will take about 10 years for a new bridge to be built.

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