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.)

  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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