BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore city officials hail the completion of the Edmondson Avenue Bridge reconstruction project Friday.
Standing over 70 feet above Gwynns Falls and the CSX Railroad, the span is over 100 years old and is nearly two football fields long.
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“The rebuilding of the Edmondson Avenue Bridge is an important milestone for communities in western Baltimore and for commuters along US 40th Street,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “We are committed to improving transportation infrastructure across the city, and we thank our federal partners for assisting them in rebuilding this historic bridge along an important east-west corridor that will serve community service for the next 75 years.”
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The new bridge maintains two traffic lanes in each direction but also has wider sidewalks, according to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. website.
In late 2016, the city undertook a $40.3 million bridge renovation after the span began to show signs of deterioration. Crews used “phased construction” to keep the road clear for vehicles, the DOT said in a press release. More than 4,300 people cross the bridge every day.
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The design included support for the boost on the now defunct Red Line Light Rail. Although the project was scrapped by Governor Larry Hogan during his first year in office, city officials said they went ahead with the design “if the opportunity for an east-west rail service is proposed in the future.” future.”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/18/city-officials-celebrate-completion-of-edmondson-avenue-bridge-reconstruction-project/ City Officials Celebrate Completion of Edmondson Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project – CBS Baltimore