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Amtrak awards contract for Niantic River Bridge replacement

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Amtrak has awarded a $104.7-million contract to Cianbro/Middlesex VII of Littleton, Mass., for the replacement of the 102-year old movable bridge over the Niantic River in East Lyme, Conn.

The
three year project is set to begin in April 2010. It is being funded by $47.1
million from Amtrak’s annual capital program and $57.6 million from the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 
It is anticipated that this project will result in good paying jobs
locally and in the region.

The
project involves construction of a new two-track bridge south of its present alignment.  Additional work includes expanding the
navigation channel beneath the bridge used by water traffic, realigning the
east and west track approaches to the bridge, and relocating the Niantic Bay
Overlook, including beach restoration.

The
existing bridge will remain in operation until the new bridge is built and the
river will remain open to water traffic throughout construction.

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