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Bridge replacement to begin

April 11, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

SMITHSBURG - Work begins this week to replace the bridge on Md. 64 along the east end of Smithsburg, limiting traffic to one lane until the end of the year, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Crews installed a barrier on the bridge Monday, limiting the road to one lane, with a traffic signal that allows northbound and southbound traffic to take turns using the bridge, said Suzanne Bond, a state highway spokeswoman. The light had been flashing since it was installed last Thursday.

The bridge must be shut down to one lane during the work because crews will be rebuilding the bridge in its current location, Bond said.

The $1.4 million replacement bridge will also be two lanes, but lanes will be wider, from 11 feet to 12 feet, and shoulders will be eight feet, Bond said.

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Approximately 6,000 vehicles use the bridge a day, according to state highway officials.

The contractor, Joseph B. Fay, of Pittsburgh, is expected to finish the bridge by Dec. 31, Bond said.

The 42-year-old bridge is being replaced because of deterioration and age.

When the project is complete, the old bridge will be completely replaced by a new bridge, Bond said.

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