Amtrak prepares for $1.5-billion Susquehanna River Rail Bridge replacement project
Nov. 22, 2022
Amtrak is advancing the planned replacement of the 116-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge with two new bridges that will increase capacity and improve reliability of both freight and passenger trains.
The existing structure is the Northeast Corridor’s (NEC) longest moveable bridge, where crossing the bridge requires trains to slow to a speed of 90 mph, resulting in capacity and reliability constraints. To resolve this issue, two newly constructed two-track fixed bridges will replace the existing two-track movable bridge, along with five miles of additional track realignment and construction. The estimated construction cost for the bridge replacement project is $1.5 billion.