The Baltimore-Washington Parkway reopened to traffic early Saturday morning, after the successful removal of segment of the West Nursery Road bridge overnight.
The closures of the parkway, which is a major route to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, are part of an ongoing and sometimes troubled project to replace the bridges by rolling them down the highway and slotting them into position.
Hurricane Sandy and construction mishaps had delayed the project, but the bridge over the northbound side of the parkway — also called Route 295 — was replaced last weekend.
The Maryland State Highway Administration used special hydraulic lifting equipment to slot in the 500-ton bridge span. The massive structure was driven several hundred feet down the roadway before being jacked up into place.
An online picture feed of the project shows a yawning gap where the old bridge has been removed. Parts of Route 295 will be closed again starting at 8 p.m. this evening, but the new bridge span is expected to be in place overnight and the first cars will be able to drive down West Nursery Road some time on Sunday, according to the State Highway Administration.
In the meantime, officials recommend taking Interstate 95 to Interstate 195 to reach the airport, and Interstate 97 or U.S. 1 for other destinations.