State Sen. Bob Duff: Officials are working on long-term fix for jammed Metro-North bridge
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NORWALK - State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) says the state is aware of problems with an antiquated Metro-North swing bridge and is working toward a solution.
Connecticut recently applied for $350 million in federal funding to replace the 118-year-old bridge.
The bridge in South Norwalk failed to close during maintenance and brought Metro-North service to a halt, drastically lengthening commutes Thursday morning. Service has since resumed.
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Trains also stopped in their tracks in October 2011 and again last June when the bridge similarly stuck.
Transportation officials say the department has spent more than $1.5 million in recent years to improve the bridge's reliability. They also say a replacement bridge design is in the works while they try to get federal funding for the project.
Authorities say they regularly do work on the 118-year-old bridge to keep it functioning properly, and that repair work is just a temporary solution.
Even if the state secures the desired funding, officials note it will be about 10 years before a new bridge's completion.