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Bridge work to resume in August

June 04, 2004|by TARA REILLY

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.

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McGee said Thursday he anticipates the project to be completed Dec. 19.

The Washington County Commissioners recently decided not to open the bridge before the work is completed because of safety concerns.

Residents have complained to the county that the bridge closure is an inconvenience, because the detour adds several miles to their trips.

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