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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


Project to widen roadway and add sidewalks 

The Department of Public Works plans major improvements to Windsor Mill Road between Woodlawn Drive and Featherbed Lane to address decades-old pedestrian safety and traffic issues. If adjacent property-owners support the proposed changes, approximately a half-mile of Windsor Mill Road will be widened and sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road in the next several years.

“We are poised for progress to greatly improve traffic and safety on this busy section of Windsor Mill Road, providing safe walkways for students and other people walking in the community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The proposed work will include widening the roadway from 22 feet to 36 feet and installing curbs, gutters and other necessary drainage improvements. The project is currently in the design phase, and tangible improvements are not anticipated for several years, pending a consensus of adjacent property owners. At that point, the County will negotiate right-of-way agreements with property owners, relocate utility poles and begin construction. Windsor Mill Road is currently funded only for design, and the project’s progress will hinge on local support. This is a capital project and there is no cost to the property owners.

"I am very excited to see this project move forward. The installation of sidewalks will significantly improve the safety of everyone who travels on Windsor Mill Road, both pedestrians and drivers," said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones.

 Public meeting set for September 14

To gauge community interest and support, the Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, September 14 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Community Center, 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, 21207.

For more information, people may contact Rahee Famili or Angelica Daniel, Highway Design Division, Department of Public Works, at 410 887-3739 or send an email to rjfamili@baltimorecountymd.gov or adaniel@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017