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November 29, 2022

Connecticut River Bridge Replacement

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Connecticut River Rail Bridge by Greg Futoma
Connecticut River Rail Bridge by Greg Futoma

The Connecticut River Bridge, first built in 1907 between the towns of Old Saybrook and Old Lyme, is scheduled for replacement.

A new modern and resilient moveable bridge will improve safety, reliability and trip time.

The bridge serves the Northeast Corridor main rail line and is used by Amtrak’s intercity service, the Shore Line East commuter rail service, and freight operators.

The project will involve building a two-track, electrified structure with new track, signal, power, communication, controls, and security features. The new bridge structure is expected to have a design life of 100 years.

Maximum rail speeds will increase from 45 miles per hour on the current span up to 70 miles per hour.

Rail travel delays from bridge openings will be significantly reduced, and the new structure will offer maintenance savings.

Amtrak anticipates beginning procuring a contractor in early 2023.


For more information, please see:

Connecticut Department of Transportation


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