Frederick Avenue bridge over Gwynns Falls to be closed for a year

A $14 million project to completely replace the aging bridge that carries Frederick Avenue over the Gwynns Falls and a CSX Corp. railway in Southwest Baltimore will close the bridge to through traffic for an entire year starting next week, Baltimore transportation officials said Monday.

The construction work, to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 16, will close Frederick Avenue between Font Hill Avenue and Brunswick Street, near where the city's Millhill and Gwynns Falls neighborhoods meet the Carroll-South Hilton neighborhood, officials said.

Local drivers will be allowed to access Frederick Avenue on either side of the bridge past Font Hill and Brunswick, and a temporary pedestrian bridge will serve walkers across the Gwynns Falls, officials said.

There will also be some parking restrictions in place.

Drivers are encouraged to use Wilkens Avenue or Route 40 as alternate routes.

The replacement project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.

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