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November 8, 2018 UPDATE: Unfortunate news, the west abutment failed this morning. Thankfully, the contractor's crews were not under the bridge at the time and all are safe. Harford County tried to keep the structure, but it is no longer safe, not practical to do so - therefore, a decision was made to move forward with a complete replacement structure. It will take approximately 24-30 months to get the replacement structure designed and constructed, but in the interim, a portable pre-fabricated truss bridge will be installed for citizens to use. Six M has already been tasked to remove the old structure. Harford County is working on a design for the temporary footers and will have Six M construct them and erect the temporary bridge under their current contract with us. The temporary bridge will only be one lane, but will be able to safely carry trucks and school buses. Harford County is anticipating the temporary bridge and road to reopen in approximately 2-3 months (January - February 2019). The County appreciates your understanding and patience and will continue to keep you updated on the progress.
November 7, 2018 UPDATE: The Six M company from Delta, PA has started emergency repairs to the Glen Cove Road Bridge #155. Harford County is currently anticipating a timeline of 2-3 months (January - February 2019) for reopening of the structure. Six M has pumped out the water and we can now get a better view of the damage caused by the August 31, 2018 storm. It is actually somewhat worse than originally envisioned. The County is hopeful that the bridge abutments will remain intact until the repairs can be completed, but also wanted to convey to the public the extent of the damage to the structure in case something happens and repairs cannot safely continue.
Bridge is severely scoured under the abutments with partial failure of downstream wingwall and abutment. The County is currently planning on complete replacement, but investigating other options as well. This bridge was in good to very good condition, prior to the flood - as such, repair or replacement wasn't currently programmed in the County's long range plan. Therefore, the County will need to start from scratch with a new bridge design and permitting (about 2 years) with construction lasting about one additional year. Estimated closure: Until September 2021.