Rail Success Stories - Nianic River Bridge

Rail Success Stories - Nianic River Bridge cover

Applying $154m in federal funding, including approximately $77m in ARRA stimulus funding, Amtrak installed the new Niantic River Bridge on the Northeast Corridor to replace one of the oldest movable bridges in the country. A two-track, bascule (rolling lift) bridge, “Old Nan” was built in 1907 and had operated continuously until it was replaced in 2013.

The new Niantic River Bridge allows travel at speeds of 70 mph, up from 45 mph on the old span. The new bridge also provides greater reliability and reduces the risk of delays associated with mechanical failures.