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Md. Covered Bridge To Undergo $2M Overhaul

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials say a covered bridge that dates back to the Civil War will undergo nearly $2 million in repairs next year.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the 90-foot-long Jericho Road bridge, which crosses Little Gunpowder Falls between Baltimore and Harford counties, still handles nearly 500 vehicles a day.

Officials say the bridge is safe but is showing its age with deteriorating timbers, a leaking roof and in need of a fresh coat of paint.

Motorists will have to make a detour of about a mile and a half to another crossing on Jerusalem Road when the bridge is being repaired.

Most of the money for the overhaul is coming from the federal highway administration and $80,000 in additional funds is coming from the two counties that together own the bridge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. HERE WE GO AGAIN says:

    $22,000 per foot to slap on a coat of paint and replace some timbers. Not bad How do I get that contract.
    I know how we can pay that tab off in a year. We can make it a toll bridge and charge the 500 people who use it $11.00 a pop
    Wait we’ll need toll attendnets 1 , toll attendent corporal , toll sergents. toll supervisors I , toll supervisor 2s , senior toll supervisor. bridge senior manager 1, bridge senior manager 2.

    But wait theres more. There is 20 feet of grass at each end of the bridge we will need a maintenace crew . Maintenance man 1 Maintenace man 2, Maintenace Supervisor 1 and 2.

    Now we need to build a building to house all these personnel and we will need dump trucks to plow the snow and and a $50,000 tractor to cut grass.

    Now it is intwo different jurisdictions will we need personel on each end .

    OK factor in salarys pensions workers comp and disability pay (half of them will be out with a back injury , useally between April and November gotta get that Summer tan in.) We wiil have to raise the TAx oopps I mean toll to $75.00 a pop

    Damn I am good . I am going to start my own lobbist firm and submit this to the general assembly.

    Opps i forgot wine and dine fees and college funds for state officials kids and babys mamas kids make that $150..00 a pop.

    I hope i did,nt forget anything but then again I can always submit a supplamental ammendment to recoup any unexpexcted losses that pop up , Say my yachts 5 years old I might need new engines or a new mistress.

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