Temporary repairs to the Walk Bridge can begin right away now that the state Bond Commission has given the OK to the $3 million fix.
“It would not require long-term closure of the bridge. There may be some interruptions, temporary interruptions, as equipment is moved in or out, but we believe it to be effective very rapidly,” Malloy told Schneidau.
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.
Gov. Malloy said getting the bridge in working order is high priority and believes repairs can be made with few inconveniences to the Metro-North and Amtrak passengers who rely on it, Schneidau reported.
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.
Connecticut Department of Transportation officials are banking hopes on word from the feds that $350 million in Sandy relief funds may be available for replacement of the bridge, Schneidau reported.
“If we do not receive that grant, then Connecticut’s going to have to shoulder those costs and that’s a lot of money for the state of Connecticut,” Duff said on July 21.
Word will come from Washington D.C. on if the state will get the money in September.
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