The Connecticut Bond Commission approved $17.5 million in state funding for the design, engineering and construction of a rail yard on the Metro-North Railroad Danbury branch line in Norwalk.

According to Gov. Dannel Malloy, the funding comes under his 30-year, $100 billion initiative, intended to modernize the state's transportation system.

The funding will make several modifications and enhancements at the rail yard where the Danbury branch line connects with the main New Haven Line to accommodate the replacement of the 119-year-old Walk Bridge.

"The upgrades that we are making to the Danbury Branch Line will serve to accommodate the commuters and businesses who depend on this service for their day-to-day needs," Malloy said in a Jan. 29 statement.

Long-term, the so-called Danbury branch dock yard improvement project will also provide additional electrified trackage for the New Haven Line.

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