- Associated Press - Monday, April 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is seeking $600 million in federal transportation funding to help pay for more weather resilient Metro-North Railroad projects that will survive fierce storms.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday the state will match federal money with $200 million. Projects call for improving and replacing equipment and public works along the railroad’s New Haven line.

Congress and President Barack Obama’s administration made $3 billion available for 11 states affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The state is applying for $603 million for the New Haven line, which is owned by the state Department of Transportation and is operated by Metro-North.

The state is requesting $349 million to help cover the cost of a bridge replacement project in Norwalk and $245 million to replace communications and signaling along the Connecticut section of the New Haven Line. The bridge was built in 1896, and replacing it with a more resilient bridge that opens for marine traffic will significantly improve the safety and reliability of commuter and intercity passenger service along the Northeast corridor, the state said.

Current communications and signaling was installed more than 35 years ago and is now “well past its useful life,” with its poor condition made worse by wind and flooding, state officials said.

Connecticut also is seeking $9 million in federal funding for a power upgrade at the New Haven Rail Yard to protect power transmission during high winds and flooding with two new underground feeders.

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