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ACTING TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAHN ORDERS TARGETED INSPECTIONS OF BRIDGES STATEWIDE

Proactive Measure Follows Concrete Falling From I-495/I-95 Bridge Onto Car Underneath

Directive Applies to 27 State-Owned Bridges of Similar Age and Condition

February 12, 2015

HANOVER, MD – Working to ensure motorist safety and alleviate concerns regarding the structural integrity of Maryland bridges, Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today ordered the State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to immediately inspect all State-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the I-495/I-95 (Capital Beltway) bridge that is being repaired after a piece of concrete fell onto a car below driving along Suitland Road on Tuesday.  The statewide directive applies to 27 State-owned bridges – all built prior to 1969, have traffic underneath and are in similar condition to the Capital Beltway bridge.

“Motorists should not have to think twice about driving across or under one of our bridges,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Rahn.  “These targeted statewide inspections will help us immediately identify any bridges in need of repair, with the goal of preventing what happened on Tuesday from occurring again.  I want to extend my sincere apologies to the driver involved in Tuesday’s incident.  I am grateful she was not injured.”

The inspections will start immediately and are expected to take several days.  Each inspection will involve teams of specially-trained bridge inspectors carefully examining each bridge to identify and repair any loose concrete.  Repairs may extend beyond the inspection period and might impact traffic.  Of the more than 5,300 bridges in the State, SHA and MDTA maintain 2,903 bridges.  Of these State-maintained bridges, 82 are rated as structurally deficient.  All of the needed rehabilitation work for these bridges is either in design or under construction.  Approximately three percent of the State’s bridges are structurally deficient, which means they are safe for travel but are in need of rehabilitation or replacement.

Maryland has an aggressive inspection program that has resulted in one of the lowest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country.  Structurally deficient bridges are inspected every year, as opposed to every two years for all other bridges.  Structurally deficient is a term established by the Federal Highway Administration and includes bridges in which the deck, superstructure or substructure have been rated in poor condition.  The bridge deck carrying the Capital Beltway over Suitland Road is rated as structurally deficient and the entire structure is under design for replacement. 

The list of 27 bridges targeted for inspection is below.

* Funded for Construction

Carrying

Over

Status

Year Built

MD 137

I-83

Under Design

1955

I-83 NBR

PADONIA ROAD

Under Design

1950

MD 151          

PAT & BACK RIVER RR, MD 151B

Under Design

1954

I-695 IL        

BENSON AVE             

Under Construction

1957

I-695 IL        

US 1, LEEDS AVE, AMTRAK

Under Construction

1957

CROSBY ROAD      

I-695                 

Under Design

1961

I-695

MILFORD MILL ROAD

Under Construction

1961

PUTTY HILL ROAD

I-695                 

Under Design

1961

I-270 NB

MD 85

Under Design

1950

I-270 SB

MD 85

Under Design

1950

US 15 NB

MD 26                  

Under Design

1957

US 40 EB

US 40 RAMP F

Under Design

1969

MD 546

I-68

Under Design

1973

TRIDELPHIA ROAD

MD 32

Under Design

1961

MD 195

SLIGO CREEK PKWY & SLIGO CR

Under Design *

1932

SEMINARY ROAD    

I-495                 

Under Design

1964

MD 193           

I-495                 

Under Construction

1958

DARCY ROAD

I-95

Under Design

1964

I-95 IL         

SUITLAND PARKWAY          

Under Design

1963

I-95 OL         

SUITLAND PARKWAY         

Under Design

1963

I-95 OL         

SUITLAND ROAD          

Under Design

1963

US 301 NB

MD 290

Under Design

1955

I-70WB

I-81

Under Design

1964

I-70 EB

I-70 RAMP A

Under Design

1965

I-70 EB

MD 65

Under Design

1968

US 40

I-70

Under Construction

1968

I-895 NB/SB

NEWKIRK ST. & PONCA ST.

Under Design*

1957

 

Media Contacts:
Erin Henson & Chuck Brown, MDOT
410-865-1028

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