New Argonne bridge expected to open in July
A reader named Greg wanted to know where progress on the replacement of the Argonne Drive bridge in Northeast Baltimore stands. As he put it, "getting from Harford Rd to Hillen Rd, and points west has been a pain for the past year."
Adrienne Barnes, spokeswoman for the Baltimore Department of Transportation, provided a prompt reply that gives some room for hope:
The Project is going well. The new bridge deck is in place along with new sidewalk and brick treated parapet walls. The contractor installed the new ornamental fencing at the parapet walls. The new 30" water main was activated and is in service.
Before the contractor can open the bridge to the public we need to backfill the new 30" water main, place the approach slabs at the east & west abutments and install the new street lighting on top of the parapet. Milling and paving for new asphalt east and west roadway sections will be completed and placement of new traffic markings. The contractor anticipates to open the bridge to traffic in Mid July
Note: The contractor will still be on site below the bridge painting steel beams until late summer.