The Hogan Administration announced on Wednesday the start of a major rehabilitation project on the four bridges carrying eastbound and westbound US 40 (Pulaski Highway) over the Big Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls in eastern Baltimore County.
The $26.4 million project is part of the Governor Larry Hogan’s pledge to address the 69 structurally deficient bridges on the state’s highway system and is part of the $2 billion investment in highway and bridge improvements across the state that the governor announced in June 2015.
“Since taking office, our administration has been committed to delivering transformative transportation solutions to Marylanders all across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “This rehabilitation project will have a critical impact on our state’s economy and provide a more efficient commute for the citizens of Baltimore County.”
The four bridges, all built in 1934, are safe for travel now; however, the bridges require rehabilitation work to ensure long-term reliability. The two US 40 Bridges over the Little Gunpowder Falls at the Baltimore/Harford County line are on the Governor’s list of the 69 bridges that were identified as in need replacement or rehabilitation. The two US 40 Bridges over the Big Gunpowder Falls in White Marsh will be rehabilitated proactively since they were constructed at the same time as the previous two bridges.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will replace and widen the concrete bridge decks (driving surfaces) and replace the concrete support beams. The new driving surface will provide 10-foot outside shoulders on the bridges to match the width of the existing pavement on Pulaski Highway, vastly improving the safety for the more than 26,000 vehicles per day traveling this segment of US 40. The wide shoulders will also improve safety and access for bicyclists.
MDOT SHA’s contractor, Allan Myers of MD, Inc. of Fallston, will install erosion and sediment control measures to protect the Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls and relocate the utility lines.
Bridge construction work will begin mid-August and be complete summer 2021.
Through early 2020, all four lanes of US 40 will be open to traffic during peak travel hours with temporary lane shifts and temporary lane closures during off-peak daytime hours and at night. There may be occasional weekend work with lane closures on US 40 while concrete work is occurring.
Baltimore County officials say that a historic Kingsville bridge will be closed for a portion of this week for maintenance.
The Department of Public Works will close the Jericho Road covered bridge over the Gunpowder Falls on Wednesday, November 1, and Thursday, November 2.
Crews will clean the bridge, tighten its bolts, and make routine repairs.
The bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
The historic landmark was renovated, rededicated, and reopened in April of last year.
Governor Larry Hogan has approved over $12 million for bridge rehabilitation to bridges along Route 40.
The repairs will include the bridges over both the Little Gunpowder and Gunpowder Falls, according to the White Marsh-Cowenton Community Association.
These bridges are in need of restoration, having originally been built in 1934.
Work performed will include:
– Replacement of steel and concrete girders
– Replacement of driving surface
– Widening to provide a continuous 10-ft outside shoulder
The construction project is expected to begin in early 2018.
The historic Jericho Road covered bridge was reopened on Monday.
A ceremony was held on Monday morning to rededicate and reopen the bridge, which spans the Little Gunpowder Falls between Baltimore and Harford Counties.
The Jericho Road Covered Bridge was built during the Civil War era, and today it stands as one of Maryland’s six public historic covered bridges, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.
A nearly $2 million project restored the 150-year-old bridge, which carries a single lane of traffic along Jerusalem Road in Kingsville.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz attended today’s ceremony.
[Images via Baltimore County Councilman David Marks]
UPDATE: See photos from the reopening ceremony here.
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An iconic landmark will be officially reopened later this month.
The dedication and reopening of the restored Jericho Road Covered Bridge will be held on Monday, April 25 at 11 a.m.
Last year, a nearly $2 million project restored the 150-year-old bridge, which carries a single lane of traffic along Jerusalem Road in Kingsville.
The structure is one of just six covered bridges in the state of Maryland.
The Jericho Road Covered Bridge was constructed in 1865 across the Little Gunpowder Falls. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will attend the ceremony.