UPDATE: The Joppa Road bridge has reopened.
Original story below…
PERRY HALL, MD—A bridge in Perry Hall will be closed for several months for emergency repairs, county officials announced on Thursday.
Baltimore County closed a small bridge on East Joppa Road (over Honeygo Run) on Thursday morning in order to make emergency repairs.
The bridge, which is located between Snyder Lane and Honeygo Boulevard, will remain closed four months in order to facilitate repairs.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured to Ebenezer Road and Honeygo Boulevard, but access to Honeygo Elementary School will be permitted.
The Joppa Road Bridge, built in the 1940’s and widened in the 1960’s, is a two-lane span. Its construction is concrete slab; its length is 16 feet.
Councilman David Marks blasted the county on Thursday for not providing advanced notice of the extended closure.
“The condition of this bridge has been known since the fall,” said Councilman Marks. “It is unacceptable for my office and the community to learn of a shutdown the day that it occurred.”
“Since learning of this project a few hours ago, I have reached out to the Perry Hall Improvement Association, other neighborhood groups, the Police Department, and Honeygo Elementary School to advise them of this situation,” Marks added. “I implore motorists to respect those living on alternate routes, and to exercise patience. I pride myself on being accessible and honest with the public, but again, I was kept in the dark about the condition of this bridge.”
[Image via Councilman David Marks]