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The concrete on the underside of the U.S. 40 bridge over Interstate 70 seems to be deteriorating. Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck said the bridge is 'structurally safe and sound.' (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer / April 22, 2012)
“For the safety of the thousands who go under and over this bridge every day, this bridge needs to be looked at,” Nelson wrote in an email. “ I know I wouldnt appreciate debris falling on my car while I drive under it, that’s for certain.”
Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration
What they say: SHA spokesman David Buck said in an emailed response that “the deterioration of the underside of the deck is typical for a bridge of this age, and does not affect the ability of the bridge to carry all cars and trucks.”
“It is structurally safe and sound,” Buck wrote.
To prevent debris from falling onto cars or trail users, SHA maintenance crews will place timber planking over the area this week, Buck said.
SHA was already aware of the issue and the addition of the planks had been scheduled, he said.
The bridge was last inspected in November 2010, Buck said. A replacement of the deck, or riding surface, is anticipated to begin in the next three to four years, he said.
— Compiled by Heather Keels
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