By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
4:23 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
A new bridge carrying Nicodemus Road over Liberty Reservoir between Baltimore and Carroll counties will open to traffic after almost two years of construction, the Baltimore Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.
The department, which maintains the bridge because it falls within the city-owned reservoir system, said the concrete replacement bridge is scheduled to open to vehicles and pedestrians at 3 p.m. Friday. The new two-lane bridge is 552 feet long.
The city began the $8.2 million replacement project in October 2009 with the demolition of the old bridge, built in 1952.
The new bridge includes sidewalks, safety fencing, ornamental railings and rebuilt approaches, the city said. The city Department of Public Works said that when the bridge opens, people will once again be permitted to fish from the span and take boats under it to reach upstream areas of the reservoir — activities that were not allowed during construction.
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