Concerns about structural integrity caused Frederick County to shut down a bridge Thursday near Ijamsville.

The bridge on Reichs Ford Road over Bush Creek will remain closed to let the county’s Office of Transportation Engineering complete a detailed inspection of its structure. After that, the Office of Highway Operations will make repairs, according to a county news release.

The bridge was closed late Thursday morning, with no timeline for reopening until the inspection is completed to see what repairs are needed, said Amanda Radcliffe, project manager with the Office of Transportation Engineering.

The bridge could be closed for weeks or months, depending on what needs to be done.

The bridge’s deck has been deteriorating, and its entrance gets struck fairly regularly by vehicles, Radcliffe said.

“We’ve been keeping an eye on it,” she said.

The bridge, which was built in 1911 and rehabilitated in 1994, is about 52 feet long with a road that is about 13 feet wide. It has a posted weight limit of 30,000 pounds.

A detour while the bridge is closed will use Reels Mill Road, Ball Road and Ijamsville Road.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(5) comments

cravacor

I hope they are not hiring Milani to do this job. Teleporting will be a thing before it gets finished if so. [wink]

joelp77440

Looks perfectly safe to me. [crying]

flyga

A map of the location of this bridge would be very helpful. Thanks

Craig Hicks

There is a small Google Maps pane to the left of the article text, or you can copy and paste these coordinates into a Google search and you will see a map. Other than local traffic, this will affect drivers who want to travel from Ijamsville Rd. to the County landfill and beyond to Frederick City, or vice versa.

Craig Hicks

Sorry, my previous post is missing the map coordinates: (39.3659883, -77.3331305)

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