Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project

The new bridges will reduce trip times and improve reliability for passengers that rely on this critical connection.

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 be replaced with new structures 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 will also improve the navigation channel for marine users.

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Authority (MDOT/MTA) 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. In August 2022, the Project received the award of $40 million grant for final design through an additional cooperative agreement between FRA, MDOT/MTA and Amtrak.

Project Status

Design

Benefits

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

Partners

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