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Trains Stopped By Bridge Problem In Norwalk; Metro-North Setting Up Buses

The WALK Bridge carries Metro-North trains over Norwalk Harbor, between the South Norwalk and East Norwalk stations.
The WALK Bridge carries Metro-North trains over Norwalk Harbor, between the South Norwalk and East Norwalk stations. Photo Credit: File photo

NORWALK, Conn. — No trains were able to travel through Norwalk after the Walk swing bridge failed to close properly on Saturday afternoon, according to Metro-North.

All train traffic was stopped on either side of the Norwalk River along the New Haven Line due to the bridge problem, Metro-North said. New Haven Line customers should anticipate significant delays through Connecticut in both directions.

Metro-North was attempting to establish alternate transportation between East Norwalk and South Norwalk to go around the problem, a statement said.

Train riders were urged to seek alternate transportation, Metro-North said. Riders were urged to listen for announcements at stations.

The problem was first reported via Twitter at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It was continuing into the late afternoon.

The Walk bridge, which carries Metro-North, Amtrak and freight trains over the Norwalk River, is nearly 120 years old.

The bridge, which swings open for marine traffic and then closes, has faced “operational issues” in recent years.

The aging bridge malfunctioned twice during daytime rush-hour travel times in summer 2014, failing to close properly and stranding hundreds of Metro-North riders along the New Haven Line and causing delays, complaints and headaches.

The state and Metro-North are considering options for replacing the bridge.

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