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Officials to Discuss Environmental Assessment and Preferred Alternative

March 13, 2017

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and Amtrak, will host their last public outreach information session on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Preliminary Engineering (PE) study for the replacement of the 111-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge, a two-track bridge located between Havre de Grace in Harford County and Perryville in Cecil County.  The bridge is owned by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and used by Maryland’s MARC Commuter Rail, Norfolk Southern Railway and Amtrak to carry passenger and freight trains across the Susquehanna River.

WHEN :           Thursday, March 23, 2017 (Previously scheduled Wednesday, March 15)
                        5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Perryville High School
                        696 Perryville Road
                        Perryville, MD 21903

                        The public is invited to stop by the open house at any time.  A presentation will be given at
                        5:30 p.m. followed by a Q & A.

WHY:              At the meeting you can:
                                 • Learn about the project and the Preferred Alternative
                                 • Receive information about environmental analysis results
                                 • Receive information about mitigation measures
                                 • Meet and ask questions of the project team

Preliminary engineering and environmental work is being funded by a $22 million federal grant from the FRA.  The EA and a list of locations where hard copies will be available for review has been posted on the project website  Comments will be accepted until April 6.  Meeting materials also will be posted at

ABOUT: The two-track bridge along the busy Amtrak Northeast Corridor (NEC) is safe but is nearing the end of its useful life.  The study, expected to be completed by mid-2017, also will consider possible improvements to the navigation channel for marine users and will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The project is not funded for final design or construction.  Comments can be submitted online at the Susquehanna Project’s website, via email at or in person at the open house.

FRA Public Affairs
MDOT – Gary Witherspoon
Amtrak – Chelsea Kopta


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