$20M Grant For Susquehanna Railroad Bridge Awarded

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The railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River received federal funding for design and replacement. The area below the bridge is currently being transformed into a living shoreline through a project in the city of Havre de Grace. (Elizabeth Janney/Patch)

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — A project in Havre de Grace is one of 11 nationwide to receive federal funding to improve inter-city rail service.

Amtrak will receive up to $20 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to replace the Susquehanna River railroad bridge connecting Havre de Grace and Perryville.

The 115-year-old bridge carries the main line for the Northeast corridor, including freight, commuter trains, Amtrak service and MARC commuter trains. Replacing the bridge will enable trains to increase their speeds from 90 mph to 125 mph and reduce or eliminate delays due to the addition of a moveable span that can more efficiently open and close for marine traffic, officials said.

Making the $20 million grant possible is the federal-state Partnership Program, which covers repairs, replacement or rehabilitation of infrastructure to make passenger rail service safer, more reliable, less costly to maintain and more energy-efficient.

“The Partnership Program funds improvements to this safe, affordable, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation and brings us closer to delivering the world-class passenger rail service Americans deserve,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “From well-known Amtrak routes to commuter rail lines serving cities across the country, Americans rely on intercity passenger rail to travel, get to work, and visit loved ones.”

The money in Maryland will fund the final design and replacement of the Susquehanna railroad bridge, according to Congressman Andy Harris.

“I am very pleased to see that the Department of Transportation issued a grant for the final design and replacement of Susquehanna’s 115-year-old rail bridge that serves freight and commuter traffic, including Amtrak and MARC,” Harris said in a statement. “Replacing this heavily used and older bridge will improve the safety of all travelers, including maritime traffic below it, and create economic opportunity for residents of the first district. I look forward to seeing the final design and replacement of the Susquehanna bridge.”

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Been watching this project that has moved at a snails pace. This new bridge will be a challenge with the existing pylons from the Civil War Era. Doesn't  really matter about politics cause this needs to commence soon. On the plus side it will be a boon to both communities as the high paying jobs associated with something of this magnitude will generate income for a Decade.

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