The design for a new Walk Railroad Bridge in Norwalk remains on schedule, according to Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and state transportation Commissioner James Redeker.
Interim repairs to help ensure the functionality of the 199-year-old bridge have been completed. Construction on an entirely new bridge is expected to begin next year and finish in 2020.
The bridge, which carries four tracks over the Norwalk River and opens and closes for marine traffic below, failed to close properly twice in 2014, causing rail travel disruptions. Interim repairs to address them have been finished.
Last November, the State Bond Commission approved more than $53 million for the Connecticut Department of Transportation to begin the bridge work.
A $161 million federal grant awarded to ConnDOT last September under a Hurricane Sandy resiliency project program will supplement the bond money.