Amtrak will achieve the main focus of its project to replace the movable Niantic River Bridge in East Lyme, Conn., overnight tonight as all rail traffic is shifted to the new bridge and the existing 105-year-old bridge will be removed from service.
“This is a major accomplishment in Amtrak’s effort to renew and improve Northeast Corridor infrastructure for the next century of service,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman.
The new bridge will allow Amtrak to provide reliable rail operation, increase in speeds on and near the bridge, and minimize delays on a route that serves as a key link for passenger and freight rail service between New York and Boston.
The last train to operate over the old bridge will be Northeast Regional Train #67 (Boston – Newport News) at about 11:39 p.m. Friday night. The first train to operate over the new bridge will be Northeast Regional Train #66 (Newport News – Boston) at about 5:24 a.m. Saturday morning.
Initially, all rail traffic will share one track over the new bascule lift bridge. The second track is scheduled to be available for use in November. Amtrak will continue to open and close the old bridge for all maritime traffic until it is fully removed next spring.