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Community Cheers as Mohler Cuts Ribbon on Replacement Span

The rain did not dampen the spirits in Woodlawn this morning as Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler celebrated the grand opening of a newly rebuilt pedestrian bridge that replaces the one used by generations of Woodlawn area residents.

“This footbridge is an important community connection, giving people easy access to the high school, library and shopping and we’re committed to providing resources like this that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” Mohler said.

The original bridge, built over a stream in 1973, served the community for more than 40 years until it was closed and removed in 2014 for structural and safety reasons. 

“This bridge means a lot to the Woodlawn community, especially the students who will use it to access Woodlawn High School and the library branch,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. “I appreciate the efforts of the County Executive and Department of Public Works to provide this modern footbridge that is wheelchair accessible and built to last for many decades.”

“Council Chairman Jones and I are always working closely together to help the people of Woodlawn and I am very pleased about the replacement of this pedestrian bridge because walkability is important to the community,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.

The $400,000 bridge is designed to include a concrete deck and approach embankments which are compliant with ADA standards. (The original bridge was not compliant as it had steps.) The bridge is 60 feet in overall structural length and the deck is 6 feet 5 inches wide. It is an aluminum truss bridge with a reinforced concrete deck. The span sits on two concrete abutments and is covered with an attractive stained, brick-form, liner finish.

Photos of today’s event may be viewed on the County website.


Closed in 2014, a New Span will be Completed by Mid-Year

Baltimore County will rebuild a popular pedestrian bridge along a walking path that leads from Dogwood Road to Woodlawn High School and the Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. Construction is scheduled to begin on or about February 23. The original span, which crossed Dead Run, was closed in August, 2014 because of serious deterioration and then taken down in September of that year. A new structure is expected to be completed in June.

“This pedestrian bridge has been greatly missed by the community and we are pleased to respond by rebuilding an improved bridge and path that is safe and accessible to people in wheelchairs,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “By continuing to invest in our infrastructure and older communities, we ensure that people can continue to enjoy a good quality of life in Baltimore County.” 

The original footbridge, constructed in 1973, was a fifty-foot long, single-span, steel-frame bridge. The replacement structure is of similar length and will be fabricated primarily of aluminum, and, therefore more resistant to winter salting, which shortened the service life of the 1973 span.

“People in the neighborhoods near the school and library have used this bridge for decades, and I very much appreciate Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz’s efforts to secure funding for this important local project,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.

Woodlawn High’s new pedestrian bridge, estimated to cost $400,000, has been designed to include a concrete deck and approach embankments which are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

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Approximately 21,000 gallons released into Gwynns Falls

Baltimore County Bureau of Utility crews discovered a sanitary sewer overflow yesterday morning near Marston Road, located south of Liberty Road and west of the Beltway in Woodlawn. Investigating crews found a broken gravity sewer line which was discharging into a storm drain. They set up two pump-around operations to control the overflow – estimated at 21,100 gallons – and stopped the discharge by 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

Upon discovery, crews found that the overflow was unusually clean and debris-free, making tracing the source difficult. Crews then dye tested the sewer system upstream, revealing the extent of the overflow which had mixed with the natural runoff from a tributary to the Gwynns Falls. They then established two pump-around operations to halt the flow. 

  The public is advised to avoid contact with the waste water. The Baltimore County Department of Health will continue to monitor water quality in the Gwynns Falls and has issued a water contact advisories on their web page:

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017