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Metro-North service snarled in second Norwalk bridge failure

Updated at 4:17 p.m.: Metro-North officials said late Friday afternoon that service on the New Haven Line is likely to be suspended during the Friday afternoon evening rush hour because the Walk Bridge cannot be fully closed. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will provide 24 buses from the Bronx to shuttle riders between South Norwalk and East Norwalk, said Aaron Donovan, an MTA spokesman.

Trains will run in two sections: Between New York’s Grand Central Terminal and South Norwalk, and between East Norwalk and New Haven. Train service between Stamford and Grand Central is not affected, Donovan said, and will operate on  normal schedules.

Donovan said Metro-North is working to restore full train service as quickly as possible.

Original story: The evening commute for Metro-North riders on the New Haven line Friday evening may be complicated as the Walk Bridge in Norwalk is stuck open again.

The mechanical bridge in South Norwalk could not be closed on Friday afternoon, halting traffic on the railroad in both directions between the South Norwalk and East Norwalk stations. Metro-North officials said Friday that repairs will take several hours.

The 118-year-old bridge had a mechanical failure on May 29 as railroad crews were testing it in the overnight hours. Trains were delayed for several hours during the morning commute. Passengers heading west had to get off trains and take buses from the South Norwalk station, while those heading east to New Haven had to get off at the East Norwalk station to continue travel by bus.

Last week’s problem prompted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to call for more investment in Metro-North’s infrastructure. The Connecticut Department of Transportation is applying for federal funds to pay for the installation of a new bridge.

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