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The Aegis
Harford County

Federal grant to fund final design work for Susquehanna River Rail Bridge

A grant award of $20 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help fund final design work for the replacement of the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge connecting Havre de Grace and Perryville.

According to a news release from Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican who represents the First District, the replacement of the 115-year-old bridge “will have a higher clearance above the river and feature a moveable span that can more efficiently open and close to maritime traffic.”

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“Replacing this heavily used and older bridge will improve the safety of all travelers, including maritime traffic below it, and create economic opportunity for residents of the first district,” Harris said in the release. “I look forward to seeing the final design and replacement of the Susquehanna bridge.”

The grant money, funded through the Federal State Partnership State of Good Repair Grant Program, will go to the National Railroad Passenger Corp., also known as Amtrak.

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Steve Gamatoria, Havre de Grace’s director of administration, told The Aegis via email that he was “pleased the project is moving forward and [looking] forward to seeing the final design and replacement.”

According to a news release from U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the new bridge will reduce delays, allow for increased train speeds, improve train safety and better the navigation channel for mariners.

“This investment is critical to ensuring Marylanders, and the goods they need, get where they need to go safely and on time,” the three Democratic lawmakers said in the release. “We will continue working to deliver federal dollars to update our state’s infrastructure.”

Van Hollen, Cardin and Ruppersberger were also instrumental in the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which allows for future funding opportunities for the construction of, not only the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge, but other bridges across the state that need renovation.


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