By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Crews worked Thursday to repair the Kelly Avenue Bridge in Mount Washington after a hole opened up overnight.

Traffic dropped to one lane on each side throughout the day.

The problems extend beyond the bridge to right below it, where debris fell onto the Light Rail tracks, suspending service between Falls Road and North Avenue temporarily.

“First they said eight minutes, then 10 minutes, then 30 minutes and now it’s suspended,” Baltimore resident Jabrill Webb said.

It was a major headache for commuters who had to try and track down shuttle buses that were put in place to accommodate travelers being impacted.

“It’s been a nightmare. I can’t get to work. I’m stuck now that it’s suspended,” said Derrick Davis of baltimore.

The hole — which Baltimore City Department of Transporation said was due to a patch of asphalt that failed — is another sign of Baltimore’s aging infrastructure that continues to cause problems throughout the city.

“As taxpayers and citizens of Maryland, we should not have to deal with this. It’s ridiculous,” Webb said.

Baltimore City DOT said debris fell onto the tracks around 9 p.m. Thursday and the Maryland Transit Administration made the decision to temporarily halt service in the impacted area. Officials estimate the repairs will be completed Thursday night, and MTA will advise accordingly.

According to officials, engineers have already determined the bridge is structurally sound and the issues identified are related to temporary asphalt patching.

The bridge was built in 1925, last inspected in 2016 and was scheduled for another inspection later this year.

The DOT says all bridges within city jurisdiction are required to be inspected every two years.

 

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