Harford Road Bridge Replacement Project Has Begun

Bridge closure scheduled for 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.

The construction of the new Harford Road Bridge is another step towards the city’s complete streets initiative that provides the citizens of Baltimore with street designs to accommodate all those who share the road.  The project includes enhanced accommodations for pedestrians and cyclists, along with new traffic signals, major utility upgrades and storm water facilities.  The Herring Run/Greenway Trail adjacent to Harford Road will also be reconstructed during this time. 

“This is just one of the many innovative ways BCDOT is enhancing Baltimore’s infrastructure in the everyday life of all Baltimoreans,” said Director Pourciau. “The replacement of the Harford Road Bridge will have a tremendous impact on Baltimore’s transportation network.”

Starting on November 19, 2018, the Harford Road Bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Chesterfield and Walther Avenues, with detours in effect.  The two closest detour options for motorists 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 bridge closure.  Citizens traveling in the vicinity should be on alert for changing traffic patterns as they approach the work zone.  Once the bridge closes, 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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