City bridge work continues

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Cumberland Times-News, October 3, 2012

 

Repair crews with CSX Transportation work on the underside of Washington Street Bridge in Cumberland on Tuesday afternoon. The span will have a 4-ton limit and will be open to only one lane of traffic at a time when it reopens, according to city officials. To fully replace the bridge would cost about $2.5 million, said John DiFonzo, the city’s director of engineering.  Photo by Steve Bittner.

 

Washington Street span will be open to one lane when repairs are finished

CUMBERLAND — Washington Street Bridge will have a 4-ton limit and will be open to only one lane of traffic at a time when it reopens, probably later this month, according to city officials.

After several weeks of confusion over who owns the property, CSX Transportation agreed to make a “temporary repair” at the bridge, said John DiFonzo, the city’s director of engineering.

“This repair will make the bridge very safe,” DiFonzo said, adding that the weight limit means traffic will be restricted to cars, pickup trucks and SUVs. A stop sign for traffic in each direction will limit flow to one lane at a time — “just like before the closure,” he said.

The bridge, which was closed in August after it was found to be deteriorating and unsafe, is expected to be reopened sometime in the next week or two, DiFonzo said. Signs declaring the 4-ton weight limit are being prepared, he said.

The city is continuing to work with CSX to find a permanent fix for the bridge, DiFonzo said. To replace the bridge would cost about $2.5 million, he said.