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FRA slates meeting on Susquehanna River Rail Bridge project

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transit Administration tomorrow will host a public outreach information session for the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project.

The existing Susquehanna River Rail Bridge is 110 years old.

During the meeting in Havre de Grace, Md., the public will be able to meet the project team, learn about the project and the selected bridge design, review preliminary environmental analysis results, and ask questions, officials said in a joint meeting announcement.

The existing 110-year-old bridge Susquehanna Bridge experiences operational inflexibility, maintenance difficulties and conflicts with maritime uses. The structure, which connects Havre de Grace and Perryville, Md., is a critical link in Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

The bridge's problems create a bottleneck, which reduces on-time performance for Amtrak, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) service and Norfolk Southern Railway, officials said.

MDOT is the project sponsor and is working with the FRA and Amtrak to study various alternatives to improve the rail crossing. The project team is in the process of considering the project's environmental impacts.

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