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Street will continue to be closed

July 27, 2004

West Antietam Street in Hagerstown will continue to be closed to all traffic on either side of the Dry Bridge at South Prospect Street through at least the start of next week, Assistant City Engineer James Bender said Monday.

The road was closed July 22 so contractor K&K Painting of Baltimore could clean and repaint the underside of the bridge, he said.

The cost of the project, including city inspection services, is $67,000, he said.

The weather, especially the humidity, will affect when the work is done, Bender said.

If the weather is good, the work will be done early next week, but if the weather is bad, the work will be done late next week, he said.

A city consultant looked at bridges in Hagerstown about two years ago and said the most critical area that needed work was the underside of the Dry Bridge, he said.

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A bridge was built at the location in 1836, but it was replaced in the 1880s, Bender said.

Major renovations were done on the bridge in 1976 and 1994, he said.

The bridge was repainted in 1994, he said.

- Scott Butki

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