Friday, June 13, 2014
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
UPDATE U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced today that a mechanical swing bridge in Norwalk would remain in the closed position indefinitely, providing reliable passage for Metro-North commuter trains while interrupting marine traffic on the Norwalk River.
But the Connecticut Department of Transportation contradicted the statement hours later, saying the state was continuing to study the best approach to handling a bridge that became stuck in the open position twice in recent weeks, disrupting the busy New Haven rail line. According to ConnDOT, the bridge would not necessarily remain in the closed position.
“Any openings of the bridge for marine traffic will be done using a manual method to ensure that everything works properly,” said Judd Everhart, a DOT spokesman.
Blumenthal’s announcement, which was based on a written advisory from the Coast Guard that called the bridge “inoperable,” caught the DOT and the Malloy administration by surprise on two counts: It broke the news of a state bridge closing and suggested that the DOT had settled on short-term repairs to fix a 118-year-old bridge slated for replacement.
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