Massachusetts has awarded a $42 million contract to Cardi Corporation for work on the South Coast commuter rail service. The work will be spread across four bridges that connect metro areas to major hubs throughout the state.
Under the terms of the contract, Cardi will replace three bridges in Fall River, and one in Bedford, Massachusetts. The work will make transportation safer for commuters as well as freight operators.
Massachusetts has been working since earlier this year to improve the conditions of its extensive commuter rail system. The state Department of Transportation awarded a 10-year $210 million contract to Vanasse Hangen Brustlin to extend commuter rail through the southeastern region of the state, connecting it to Boston.
Another contract has also been approved to improve rail crossings throughout the rail system.
A number of states in the Northeast are mounting efforts to rebuild and improve commuter rail service which serves as critical infrastructure for local residents. Superstorm Sandy along with other extreme weather events in recent years have hit local transit systems hard, flooding tracks and leaving residue on switches and other components of the track system.
Governors in the area are working regionally and with Amtrack to coordinate cleanup and improvements which have already cost millions.