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Funkstown bridge repairs expected to take a month

Both lanes are expected to stay open during the work

February 26, 2013

FUNKSTOWN — Repairs to the two-lane Funkstown bridge over Antietam Creek are expected to take approximately a month, depending on weather, with both lanes expected to stay open during the work, according to an email from Maryland State Highway Administration spokeswoman Heather Keels.

A car hit the historic bridge’s east wall Sunday morning and knocked out a portion of the stone wall, Funkstown Fire Chief David “Buck” Fraley has said.

The car’s driver, Joshua Harrison Gettleman, 24, of Hagerstown, sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said Sunday night. Gettleman was taken to Meritus Medical Center.

Gettleman was still being treated at Meritus as of Tuesday morning in the most recent update from Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose, the sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

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The cause of the incident was still being investigated, Hose said.

Traffic on the bridge was affected Tuesday afternoon as crews adjusted and extended concrete barriers on the shoulders of the bridge to allow room for repair work behind the barriers, Keels said. While that work was being done Tuesday, traffic was reduced to one lane with a flagging crew alternating the direction traffic could move on the bridge, she said.

Repairs are estimated to cost approximately $70,000, Keels said.

Starting Thursday, stone masons will sort through the rubble, which landed on the ground below, to determine what can be reused with as much of the original stone being used in the repair as possible, Keels said. Sorting through the rubble is expected to take about a week, then repairs on the bridge will begin, she said.

Keels cautioned drivers to slow down and remain alert in the work zone.

— Julie E. Greene

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