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June 30, 2009

Now Curtis Bay Drawbridge is stuck down

The Curtis Bay Drawbridge, whose inner loop portion got stuck in the up position Monday night and forced the closing of a stretch of the Beltway, is now stuck in the down position.

That's good news for motorists, who were able to use the brdige Tuesday, but maybe not so good foor the Maryland  Transportation Authority, which expects to have to repair the bridge.

Kelly Melhem said there are no scheduled openings of the drawbridge for maritime traffic for the next three weeks -- giving authority engineers some time to diagnose the problem. Melhem said only one leaf of the four-leaf bridge has been affected, allowing some marine trafic to get through.

The engineers haven't  weighed in yet, but it's a good guess that there's going to need to be some serious road work on that relatively lightly traveled stretch of Interstate 695 in the coming months.




Posted by Michael Dresser at 5:45 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: On the roads


What's the deal with the Pennington Ave portion of the Curtis creek drawbridge? One span has been up since late last year. I still don't know what work is being done, because so little progress seems to have been made?

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Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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