New Connecticut River Bridge to Improve Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

Amtrak has announced that in early 2023, it will enter the procurement phase to select a contractor for the construction of a new Connecticut River Bridge, which will improve services on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).

The new Connecticut River Bridge will be delivered via the design-bid-build delivery method. Amtrak plans to award the contract in late 2023, with construction commencing in early 2024.

This project includes an investment of more than 500 million USD from Amtrak, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Connecticut River Bridge
The Connecticut River Bridge is located on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between the towns of Old Saybrook and Old Lyme

The bridge replacement will provide Amtrak trains with modern infrastructure and technology, which will improve reliability and decrease delays for passengers.

Amtrak Executive Vice President, Capital Delivery Laura Mason said:

“Building a new Connecticut River Bridge is one of several projects Amtrak is advancing that signifies we’re in a new era for rail. We thank our partners for their support, and we look forward to awarding the contract so we can get shovels in the ground for a project that will improve reliability of the NEC and train travel in Connecticut and beyond.”

The Connecticut River Bridge was first built in 1907 and is used by Amtrak, CTRail’s Shore Line East, and freight trains.

This structure will be replaced with a two-track, electrified, movable bridge with new track, signal, catenary, power, communication, controls and security features.

The new bridge is expected to have a useful life of 150 years.

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