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.