Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project

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The Susquehanna River Rail Bridge is a two-track bridge located in the City of Havre de Grace in Harford County, MD, and the Town of Perryville in Cecil County, MD.

Built in 1906, the Susquehanna River Bridge is owned by Amtrak. It is used by Amtrak, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) rail and Norfolk Southern Railway to carry passenger and freight trains across the Susquehanna River. As the longest moveable bridge on the NEC, the bridge is a critical link and will eventually need to be rehabilitated or replaced with a new structure to maintain future rail services across the Susquehanna River. The project is proposed to provide future improvements to capacity, trip time, and safety for commuter, freight, and intercity passenger rail services on the NEC consistent with State and Amtrak plans. The proposed project could also improve the navigation channel for marine users.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) received an award of $22 million through a cooperative agreement between the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and MDOT for the preliminary engineering and National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) phases of the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project. The NEPA/EA process was completed in May 2017 with the release of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Preliminary Engineering (30%) has also been completed. Funding for final design and construction still needs to be identified.

Project Status



  • Increased capacity
  • Enhanced safety
  • Improved trip time
  • Improved reliability


  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • Amtrak