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Bridge shutdown a reminder of cost of aging infrastructure

Bridge shutdown a reminder of cost of aging infrastructure

Muskogee Phoenix
By DAVID PORTER Associated Press
Mar 16, 2018 Updated Mar 16, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As a tug of war over funding a multibillion-dollar rail project continue in Washington, the perils facing Northeast Corridor commuters were brought into stark relief again Friday morning when a century-old bridge malfunctioned, suspending train service for hours in and out of New York.

The Portal Bridge just outside Newark became stuck around 4:20 a.m. when workers couldn't get it to realign after performing maintenance work. The bridge is a swing bridge that is opened periodically to allow boats to pass underneath.

One track reopened around 8 a.m., while a second was back in service about 45 minutes later. A power failure contributed to the problem, Amtrak board chairman Tony Coscia said at a meeting for the development corporation overseeing the rail project... FULL ARTICLE

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