FUNKSTOWN -- Last year's Funkstown bridge rehabilitation project was selected as "County Project of the Year" by the County Engineers Association of Maryland for its unique design and construction administration, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth said.
The association, a group of engineers and public works officials from throughout the state, presented the award at its annual conference in September, Kroboth said. The Funkstown bridge rehabilitation was selected over nine other projects submitted for consideration by other Maryland counties, he said.
The project involved filling the 175-year-old stone arch bridge on East Oak Ridge Drive with reinforced concrete to strengthen it while preserving its original stone masonry. It was the subject of heated controversy for months before the construction began last summer as nearby business owners urged the county to install a temporary bridge to prevent detours they said would take business away from the South Pointe Shopping Center.