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Antietam Iron Works Bridge being rebuilt

July 03, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG -- The Antietam Iron Works Bridge on Harpers Ferry Road, over Antietam Creek south of Sharpsburg, is expected to be closed into December as work has started to rebuild the bridge, a county official said Thursday.

Work began June 14, said Rob Slocum, Washington County's deputy director of public works.

The project is similar to the work done at the Funkstown bridge in 2008.

It includes removing and rebuilding the roadway on the bridge, rebuilding portions of the bridge's walls with the existing stone and new mortar, putting new concrete caps over the walls, and some roadwork near the bridge, Slocum said.

The four-arch bridge was built in 1832 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Antietam Iron Furnace Site and Antietam Village, according to the Maryland Historical Trust's website. The bridge has been rehabilitated before, Slocum has said.

Traffic heading north or south on Harpers Ferry Road that needs to cross the creek can use Mills Road and Burnside Bridge Road, detouring through Sharpsburg to get around the creek, Slocum said.

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When emergencies occur, 911 dispatchers should be able to tell which side of the bridge the property is on if the caller provides the address, said Keith Bowen, emergency communications technician. The 911 dispatch computer has mapping that shows on which side of the bridge and road the address is, he said.

Slocum said construction costs were lower than expected for the bridge project.

The engineer's estimate for construction costs was $1,366,000, Slocum said. The low bidder was Building Systems Inc. at $1,070,495, he said.

Slocum said the project cost for construction, inspection, testing and contingency is $1,225,495. That does not include design costs.

The contractor has 200 days to get the work done, Slocum said.

That makes the deadline Dec. 30.

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