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REMINDER: The Harford Road Bridge Will Close on Monday, November 19, 2018

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) has begun the replacement of the Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run.  Starting on Monday, November 19, 2018, weather permitting, the 100+ year old bridge will be closed to all traffic for approximately three years so that a new bridge can be constructed.

The Harford Road Bridge serves as a main city gateway for motorists in northeast Baltimore and carries approximately 22,000 vehicles each day.  The original structure was built in 1911 with very unique three-span concrete filled arches.  The new bridge will be constructed as a structurally efficient three-span, prestressed concrete girder bridge, and will include arch facades to maintain the aesthetics of the original structure.

As we prepare to begin construction activities, the Harford Road Bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Chesterfield and Walther Avenues starting at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 with detours in effect.  In addition to the bridge closure, traffic pattern modifications have been implemented along portions of both northbound and southbound Harford Road to better accommodate motorists during construction.

The two closest detour options include Belair Road to the east, and Hillen Road/Perring Parkway to the west.  Variable message signs have been placed in the area to alert motorists of the closure.  Citizens traveling in this vicinity should be on alert for changing traffic patterns and should expect heavy traffic conditions along the detour routes once the bridge is closed. 

Motorists are encouraged to be prepared for the closure on Monday morning by allowing additional travel time and planning a detour route to reach their destinations.  Transportation Enforcement Officers will be deployed for several weeks at key intersections along Harford Road to assist with the movement of traffic. 

During construction, the Herring Run Trail underneath the bridge will remain open.  Citizens should be aware that access to the trail may be temporarily restricted during certain construction activities throughout the project.

The $18.9 million Harford Road Bridge replacement project is expected to last approximately three years.  Throughout construction, project updates can be found at transportation.baltimorecity.gov.  The Department of Transportation appreciates everyone’s patience as we work to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure for the citizens of Baltimore.

 

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