Malloy seeks $3 million for century-old rail span

The Walk Bridge in Norwalk (file).
The Walk Bridge in Norwalk (file).

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to borrow $3 million in state bonds to fix a railroad bridge in Connecticut that blocked commuter rail traffic in May and June.

The governor said Sunday the money for the Walk Bridge used by Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak will be for maintenance projects while the state works to replace the span.

The 118-year-old rotating bridge was stuck in the open position twice recently, disrupting the busy commuter rail system between Connecticut and Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Sen. Bob Duff and Reps. Chris Perone and Bruce Morris say that when the bridge fails, it affects more than 141 Metro North and Amtrak trains, inconveniencing 125,000 commuters. The three lawmakers represent Norwalk.

The governor is chairman of the Bond Commission, which is set to meet Friday.

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