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Sprecher Road could reopen by July 1

June 24, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG -- Sprecher Road could be reopened as early as July 1 if repairs to a bridge damaged by a hit-and-run tractor-trailer are completed on schedule.

New steel beams had to be ordered for the bridge, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.

The damage to the bridge forced the closure of the road until repairs can be made.

Kroboth said the one-lane bridge with a wooden deck and steel beams is over a small stream. Less than 20 feet in length, it is at a curve on Sprecher Road.

Sometime before Tuesday, a tractor-trailer was attempting to cross the bridge when the vehicle apparently hooked the guardrail that is welded to the bridge as a traffic barrier so motorists don't drive off the bridge span, Kroboth said.

"All the welds were broken as the truck pulled up the traffic barrier," he said. Some of the wooden deck also was damaged.

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Kroboth said new steel beams will be installed along with new guardrail, and the damaged deck also will be repaired.

The accident occurred at the second bridge on the road, near the entrance to Camp MaryMac. Detours have been posted directing traffic to Houser Road or Taylor's Landing Road.

"No one is cut off completely by the closure," Kroboth said.

Kroboth reported the situation to the Washington County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting, saying the vehicle had left the scene of the accident.

The incident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Deputy First Class Matt Bragunier was unavailable Wednesday afternoon for comment.


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