Work on the Broadfording Road Bridge is to resume Aug. 2, but the structure probably won't reopen until the end of the year.The stone arch bridge over the Conococheague Creek was closed for repairs last June, but Washington County terminated the construction contract earlier this year after it was dissatisfied with the pace at which the company, BEKA Industries of Pasadena, Md., was working.
The county awarded BEKA Industries a $693,000 contract in April 2003 to perform the work.
A notice on the county's Web site states the project originally was to be completed in October 2003.
County officials and BEKA Industries also were unable to agree on the cost of additional work needed on the bridge because of damage from severe winter weather, Chief Engineer Terry McGee has said.
The county is in the process of hiring another contractor. For government projects, the contractor who submits the lowest bid typically is awarded the contract.