The Talbot Avenue Bridge has remained closed to motor vehicle traffic since May 28. It has remained open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Montgomery County DOT found damaged boards in the bridge deck during a May 28 inspection, and immediately closed the bridge to motor vehicle traffic for emergency repairs. At first the repair was expected to require several weeks. But MC DOT found that the repair would require timbers of an unusual size, and the timbers would need to be ordered. MC DOT announced in a June 23 press release that the repair work would require about two weeks after the timbers have been received, and all work should be completed by September.
September is barely two weeks away and there is still no sign that MC DOT has the timbers needed to begin the repair work. I am happy to wait longer – it is nice to be able to cycle across the bridge without having to take turns with motor vehicles. But the closure to motor vehicles is a serious inconvenience to residents who need the bridge for local access.
Update: “Joe of Rosemary Hills” has an email from MC DOT that says NOVEMBER – see his comment below.
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