- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is receiving a $161 million federal grant to help replace the aging Walk Bridge in Norwalk, which malfunctioned this summer causing major disruptions for rail passengers.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the grant on Wednesday, saying the reliability of the bridge is important to the Metro-North commuter line as well as the entire Northeast corridor. The 118-year-old bridge became stuck in the open position twice this summer.

Malloy had announced in April that the state applied for $600 million in federal transportation funding, including $349 million to cover 75 percent of the Walk Bridge replacement project.

Connecticut also received a $9 million federal grant to upgrade the power system at the New Haven Rail Yard. The funding was made available to states following Superstorm Sandy.

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