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Norwalk Bridge Closed To Boat Traffic To Prevent Metro-North Delays

A video from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority shows the condition of the Walk Bridge in Norwalk. Video Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin, J.P. C

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Coast Guard is telling boaters the rotating Walk Bridge in Norwalk along the Metro-North Railroad will be out of service to river traffic so train service won't be affected by planned repairs.

The Walk Bridge, which spans the Norwalk River, was stuck open on Friday and late last month, snarling commutes for thousands of riders.

The bridge has been kept in the closed position to ensure train service is not affected. Under normal conditions, it is opened to allow boats to pass through.

The Coast Guard said in a notice that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has contracted engineers to make emergency repairs as soon as possible.

The repairs are expected to take several weeks depending on the extent of damage.

The bridge has failed to close properly twice in recent weeks causing major disruption in commutes across Fairfield County.

Here is the statement from the Coast Guard:

"The Norwalk Railroad Bridge is out of service until further notice due to mechanical problems. On June 6, 2014, the bridge experienced gear failures which prompted CT Department of Transportation (DOT) to keep the bridge in the closed position to ensure unimpeded rail service for AMTRAK and Metro North.

"DOT has contracted engineers to effect emergency repairs as soon as possible. These emergency repairs can be accomplished with an extended closing of the bridge and unless these repairs are made, the bridge will remain inoperable. At this time, the repairs are estimated to take several weeks to accomplish depending on the extent of the damage.

"Future MSIBs will be published with updates as emergency repairs are being completed. Please contact Lieutenant Ben Duarte at 203-468-4596 if you have any questions or concerns about the repairs."

Signed by H.L. Morrison, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

Acting Captain of the Port Long Island Sound

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