Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable

Jun 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Transportation

Courant Editorial:

The Walk Bridge railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in 2007. (wikimedia commons)

The Walk Bridge railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in 2007. (wikimedia commons)

This is insane. We replace baseball stadiums after a couple of decades, but a failing 118-year-old rail bridge on the vital Northeast Corridor is still in service?

The Walk Bridge (wikipedia), a movable bridge over the Norwalk River, opened 271 times in 2013 and failed to operate properly on 16 of those openings. Now it has failed twice in the past two weeks — most recently on Friday — stranding passengers and generally interrupting commerce in the nation’s busiest rail corridor. Leaders of Third-World countries wouldn’t stand for this.

Gov. Malloy called the bridge failure — it stuck after swinging open to allow boat traffic to pass — outrageous and demanded a “crisis summit” with Metro-North on Monday afternoon.

For more on this story, visit: Bridge closings show price of not investing in infrastructure. –


Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is asking the U.S. Coast Guard to curtail openings of the 100-year-old Walk Bridge, which has disrupted Metro-North rail traffic repeatedly, including twice in the past two weeks.

For more on this story, visit: Blumenthal: Limit Walk Bridge openings – Connecticut Post.


Teams from ConnDOT and Metro-North will review procedures at the Walk Bridge to minimize future failure risks. They are expected to report their findings and recommendations next month, according to MTA officials.

For more on this story, visit: Malloy, other officials vow action plan by mid-July for Walk Bridge in Norwalk (video) – Norwalk.

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