Phoenix Road Bridge Replacement

TR10003 - Phoenix Road Bridge Replacement Project

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation will soon begin the Phoenix Road Bridge Replacement project.  The upcoming project includes the complete replacement of the Phoenix Road Bridge over Gunpowder Falls which is located in the Loch Raven watershed and owned by Baltimore City.

The existing structure is a 6-span simply supported steel deck truss bridge originally built in 1922, and a rehabilitation of the bridge was completed in 1982.  In 2009, a routine biennial bridge inspection noted significant deterioration to the floor beams along the exterior of the bridge.  As a result, the bridge capacity has been reduced to single-lane traffic controlled by traffic signals at both bridge approaches since 2010.  

The new structure will allow for the return of two-way traffic along the Phoenix Road Bridge.  Construction is expected to begin around May 31, 2022 and is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete.  During construction, there will be a complete closure of the bridge with detours in effect.  Detour signs will be placed on York Road, Paper Mill Road and other adjacent roads to alert motorists of the closure.  Additionally, a one-way traffic pattern will be installed along Philpot Road during construction to better accommodate community members, and signage will be installed to advise motorists of this temporary traffic pattern.

During the project, certain construction activities may temporarily affect the NCR trail between Miles 2 and 3.  Any impacts to the trail will be communicated to park visitors as necessary.

The replacement of the Phoenix Road Bridge is federally funded on an 80/20 split through the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Association using allocations for Baltimore County.  The remaining 20% is funded by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. 

BCDOT Project Manager Contact Information:  Christopher Brown, P.E.