(Hartford, CT) –In a letter today to Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for the Coast Guard to immediately and substantially restrict times that the Norwalk Walk Bridge is opened, following two major malfunctions in the past ten days causing catastrophic delays for Metro-North commuters. In 2013, the Walk Bridge opened 271 times, and failed 16 of those times.
Also, in a letter today to Acting Federal Transit Administration Administrator Therese W. McMillan, the Connecticut congressional delegation called for expedited consideration of the state’s request for $349 million in federal funding to repair the century-old bridge.
Later today, Blumenthal will join Governor Dannel Malloy’s crisis summit on the Walk Bridge via phone.