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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Work begins to replace 102-year-old rail bridge

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Work began on Monday to replace the 102-year-old Niantic River Bridge in Niantic, Conn. Amtrak awarded a $104.7 million, three-year contract to Cianbro/Middlesex VII of Pittsfield, Maine, to construct a two-track bridge 60 feet south of the present structure. In addition to the structure, the project includes expanding the navigation channel beneath the bridge, realigning the east and west track approaches and relocating the boardwalk, including beach restoration.

A portion of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk will be shut down during construction, which is expected to be completed by 2013.