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Funkstown bridge repairs finished

April 08, 2013

FUNKSTOWN — Repairs to the two-lane bridge into Funkstown have been completed and the temporary barrier walls have been removed.

A section of the historic bridge’s east wall was knocked out on Feb. 24 when a car struck the bridge, leaving large chunks of stone and concrete on the ground between the bridge and a trailer park.

According to the town of Funkstown’s website, the “West Side Avenue stone bridge was the first stone arch bridge over the Antietam Creek and was built by James Lloyd. It was defaced in 1931 when it was widened to accommodate traffic.”

“This was a historic bridge, and each stone had to be individually cleaned, restored and put back on the original structure. Crews were able to reuse all of the existing stone,” Maryland State Highway Administration spokeswoman Heather Keels wrote in an April 5 email to The Herald-Mail.

The temporary barrier walls, set up to give crews space to repair the wall, were scheduled for removal on Monday, Keels said.

Keels has said bridge repairs were expected to cost about $70,000.

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