Friday, January 28, 2011
Beginning in early spring, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Division of Transportation Engineering will rehabilitate the bridge that carries three westbound lanes of East Gude Drive over the railroad tracks owned by CSX and Metro (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority). An inspection of the bridge found that the concrete deck and substructure had deteriorated. The bridge carries about 20,600 vehicles a day.
During construction, which should take about a year to complete, two lanes of westbound traffic will be maintained at all times. Rehabilitation activities will include removing the existing bridge deck, cleaning and painting steel beams, replacing the bearings, and replacing parts of the abutments and piers. Construction will occur Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. , with some Saturday work.
The cost of the project is $1.8 million. More information about the project is available on the MCDOT’s website.