Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) takes the lead during storms to clear roads of snow, remove downed trees and limbs and respond to problems caused by flooding. It may not be as well known that DHS also repairs some bridges.
The bridge over Dry Seneca Creek on Montevideo Road in the western portion of the County was severely damaged last August during flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. Montevideo is classified as a rustic road, so the road and bridge must retain their historic character.
After the Division of Transportation Engineering developed a strategy to repair the bridge, a DHS crew that specializes in bridge maintenance set to work. They rebuilt natural stone walls leading up to the bridge, stabilized the old stone abutments, rebuilt the road embankment, reset guard rails, and resurfaced the approaches. To maintain its historic character, the Highway crew used native stone found near the bridge. This painstaking work took six weeks, and the road reopened to traffic late in October.
For more information about Highway Services, visit their website.
POSTED AT: 7:00:00 AM